Louis Icart (1880-1950) French printmaker
Signed in ink lower left, titled and indistinctly inscribed in pencil lower margin Livre I Chaps XI
Original watercolor used as the maquette for Gargantua et Pantagruel series
Framed and matted
Image dimensions: 8 x 6 in. (21.6 x 15.9 cm.)
Frame dimensions: 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 62.7 cm.)
Very good condition
Famous for his fashionable and sensuous portraits of Parisian women in the early 20th century, Louis Icart was also known for his naughty erotic etchings. His reworking of Francois Rabelais bawdy 16th century classic of two giants, Gargantagua and his son Pantagruel, celebrates the adventures of Pantagruel as an enormous precocious baby, pleasuring young ladies with his giant tongue. This rare watercolor was later made into a print edition.
Appears in overall good condition, not examined out of frame.
Louis Icart (French, 1880-1950)
Louis Icart was born in Toulouse, France that was the home of many writers and artists, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Icart first became famous for his fashion sketches, and at the beginning of his career he was hired by the major design studios. It was a period of transition for fashion: from the fussiness of the late 19th century it was transformed into the simplicity of the early 20th century. Later in 1914, Icart participated in World War I, and even these times he continued to create by sketching on every available surface. When the War was over he returned back home to make prints from drawing he created, and today these prints are very rare and fetch high prices at auction. By the late 1920s, working for both publications and major fashion and design studios, Icart was very successful, he had become the symbol of the epoch. In spite of he was working in his own style, he was also influenced by the 18th century French masters such as Jean Antoine Watteau, Franois Boucher and Jean Honor Fragonard.
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