Artist: Louis-Auguste Girardot French (1856-1933)
Title: Femme du Riff (Berber woman)
issued by L'Estampe Moderne
Issue Number 1, May 1897.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone upper right.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity..
Sheet Size: 12 in x 16 in 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Louis-Auguste Girardot in his workshop, Paris. Everything breathes of Orientalism.
Louis-Auguste Girardot was a contributor to the Estampe Moderne. He was noted for his Moroccan scenes. Born in Loulans-les-Forges (Haute-Saône), Girardot was a pupil of Gérôme and Paul Dubois at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. From 1881, its foundation year, Girardot exhibited with the Salon Des Artistes Français, winning a medal and the Prix Marie Bashkirtseff in 1887. Girardot also exhibited at the Salon de la Société Des Beaux-arts Girardot was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. (Idbury Prints)
A typical Berber lady
Berber Women About thirty five percent of Morocco’s population is Berber, descendants of the original North Africans. Berber women are known for their colorful jewelry and makeup. Living in rural and mountainous areas, they have more freedom of movement than their urban counterparts. Most Berber women do not wear the veil. They can move freely between fields and villages, although in some areas they cannot go to market unaccompanied. (cod.edu)
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.