Artist: Charles Guerin French (1875-1939)
Title: Sirene (Mermaid)
issued by L'Estampe Moderne
Issue Number 21, Jan. 1899.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone lower left.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 12 in x 16 in / 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
"A provocative image of the femme fatale, Guérin’s siren peers menacingly from her watery lair." (blantonmuseum.org)
Charles-François-Prosper Guérin (1875-1939) was a French post-Impressionist painter. Guérin studied with Gustave Moreau in the l'École des Beaux Arts à Paris,, and exhibited mainly at Galerie Druet in Paris, as well in Brussels, Muchich and Amsterdam. In 1910. In a review Huntly Carter wrote of his "daring extravagance" and that he "showed how the strongest primary colours can be used without crudity, and whose work has a decorative value which the average muddy and colourless work of our day does not possess".
"Guérin admired the work of the Impressionists Monet and Renoir, but it was Cezanne whose work impressed the fervent opponent of academicism. His paintings are distinguished by the vibrant use of colour and brush technique that has been described as 'frisky': A palette bursting with bold, sometimes un mixed colours, applied in short strokes and pointilles. His sensual portraits of women and nudes are especially cherished." (simonis-buunk.com)
Mucha designed monthly Cover
Not unlike the Maitres de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.