|Artist: Paul Crespin
Belgian (1859-1944) |
|Plate: PL. 91|
|Title: Paul Hankar, Architect|
Condition A. Original lithograph from
"Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series. |
by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1897.
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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|Maitre Sheet Size:||11 3/8 in x
15 3/4 in|
| ||29 cm x 40 cm|
|Price: $550.00 USD
size sold for $ 11,500 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2007
"Crespin prepared this famous poster for his good friend the Art Nouveau
architect Paul Hanker (1859-1901). Hanker is shown plying his craft in his studio
at 63 rue de Facqz. Fully absorbed in the act of creating, he stands in a relaxed
pose, his slippered feet quaintly crossed, lazy curl of smoke rising from his
cigarette. The tools of Hankar's profession, T-squares, ruler, plumb line, become
decorative framing elements. The elegant honeycomb of hexagons serves as a literal
and figurative support for the architect's beige silhouette. The bees allude,
no doubt, to Hankar's prodigious output. This poster was acclaimed in 1897 by
the French art critic and poster artist Alexandre Demeure de Beaumont to be 'perfect'
and 'among the best, if not the best of Crespin.' The watercolour preparatory
work is preserved at the Musee d'Ixelles in Brussels"(Brussels,