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Artist: T. A. Steinlen Swiss (1859-1923)

Item: LR S3

Title: Untitled (with Yvette Guilbert)
Description: Cond. A, from "Le Rire"
Original magazine, Printed in Paris ca. 1896.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 9 in x 12 in
  23 cm x 31 cm

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The breathtaking Yvette Gilbert performs in the background, as a rather large, somewhat less enchanting lady glares menacingly at her weary, browbeaten husband and states, "Maybe this is how you like them!" True to form Steinlen delivers with his artistic genius, another humorous slice of Parisian life at the close of the century. Shown here in performance "Yvette Guilbert was one of the most famous of all the artistes of the Paris cafe-concerts in the late 1890's. She was renowned for her act in which she recited, rather than sang, songs with most scurrilous of words, clad in elegant but revealing dresses and wearing long black gloves. She would accompany songs with expressive gestures from her arms emphasized by these elbow-length gloves" (Weston No.4 1998, 43)

"The years around the turn of the century in Paris were the great periods of the 'artist-reporter' those painters who found their inspiration in the events of every-day life. One of the very greatest of these was Steinlen. With an eye for movement and gesture, with the ability to translate the scenes of the cafes, bars and street corners into pictorial composition, in his drawings he created a pattern of expressive shape, swift shading and telling details of facial expression which is redolent with the whole atmosphere of the period" (Weston No.5 1984, 28)

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