Louis ICart Art Deco Period, Signed, Framed, Original Print; "Hydrangeas" (116720)

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Louis ICart Art Deco Period, Signed, Framed, Original Print;  Hydrangeas   (116720)
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Classic Example from French, Art-Deco Period. Louis Icart artwork, titled Hortense with Hydrangeas. Autographed Etching Printed With Colors of beautiful French Lady resting on sofa with blue flowers. There is no number on this print but the paper is embossed with the "Icart Windmill" blind stamp on the bottom left with no edition notation. Copyright notation: "Copyright 1929 by L. Icart - Paris" appears at the top left, indicating this is an original print, not a reproduction. Original signature of artist in pencil on bottom right. Artwork measures approximately 16" x 20", frame measures 23" x 28". Matting is mirrored. Metallic colored paint is peeling from wood frame, which appears to be c1950-1960 from the style. Paper on reverse is mostly missing, but it is not clear if the piece was ever removed from the frame. The paper has some natural toning consistent with age, but otherwise this piece appears to be in excellent condition, preserved under glass. Louis Icart was born in Toulouse, France in 1888 and moved to Paris in 1907 where he lived and worked until his death in 1950. Icart began drawing in his childhood and went on to study painting, drawing and printmaking in Paris. Influenced by Francois Boucher, Jean Antoine Watteayu and Jean Honore Fragonard, Louis Icart's art acquired an international audience during the Art Deco period, tremendously popular in the United States and Europe throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His work in the fashion and design arena earned the artist acclaim, but his most sought after works remain his Paris ladies, especially his artwork with a more erotic tone, which was symbolic of the shift away from conservationism that peaked in the Roaring 20s. Other prints of this same Louis Icart artwork have been numbered in a series of 150, another signed print without numbering has been authenticated as a limited edition print in a series of 500, and yet another is numbered with a single number, with no indication of total print number. It is unclear how many prints of "Hydrangeas" were approved by ICart. This print was most likely framed for presentation and sale following the artist's death in 1950. Prices for these prints have varied widely over the last 20 years, with some currently priced at $2500-$, with most recent sales averaging around $800-1600. Another great piece from the John Reynolds Collection.

Date: 1929
Country (if not USA): France
Provenance: John Reynolds Collection