Saturday, 23 March 2013

Marcel Bloch - Boudoir Art

Typical composition - "The Goodnight Kiss" 1924 - Link

The work of Marcel Bloch was recently brought to my attention by a colleague in the trade, who like us specialise in French Art Deco Boudoir style original prints and picture. They had for sale a pair of etchings in original frames, that caught my eye !! not quite my usual boudoir style but worth a little bit of research.

 These two were for sale on eBay.

Marcel Bloch (born 1882 or 84) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and commercial artist working in the inter-war years. His subjects are typically Regency Beau courting a pretty maiden in a crinoline skirt or dancing couples, all with a slightly theatrical theme.

Menu covers dated 1935

From the early age of 15 Marcel worked in his father's shop where he encountered Parisian ladies in all their beauty. This seems to have developed into an infatuation with the beauty of the high fashion of the belle epoque, spending much time sketching their ladies. Soon he was studying at the School of Decorative Art in  Paris, before establishing his first studio in Faubourg du-Temple near Montmartre.

pencil signature found on etchings.

Marcel became an established artist  and was soon accepted as a member of the Artistes Francais, the Humorists and the Independents societies, exhibiting The Salon of Independent Artists from 1909 and at the French Artists Salon in 1921. His work can be found in WWI propaganda illustrations, postcards, as well as magazines sucha s, Le Rire, Fantasio and La Gazette du Franc, as well as a poster for the Louvre.

postcards from the mid 1920's

Typically these works will be found with a pencil signature of "Marcel Bloch" and full copyright information such as "Publie par l'Estampe Moderne 14 rue de Richelieu Paris 1924" and/or "Copyright 1924 by Ste Ame l'Estampe Moderne Paris", so look for the embossed EM monogram in the borders.

He was a multi-talented artist, prolific both as a printmaker and as a painter. Working in oil in  an identical style to the published works on paper. The oil on canvas (above right) is for sale at Perhaps this a sketch as it looks rushed and unfinished, if slightly naive  never the less still very decorative and appealing.

A series of Patriotic postcards from the 1940's ??

These works are funny, not serious, just images to be enjoyed. His etchings are printed by publishers such as l'Estampe Moderne Paris, a name you find on other Boudoir art of the highest quality. Although his postcards, menus, magazine and book illustrations were ephemeral commercial art, it is these works that are easy to find whilst the etchings are quite scare - time to get out their and find more !!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Louis Dupont (1896-1967) - Medals

 Louis Dupont (1896-1967) was a Belgium sculptor born in Waremme and who died in Liege. He specialised in small figural sculptures in bronze and the creation of medals. Many of his medals are portrait studies of politicians and person of significance from his period.

However, who was he and where did he study ?? any information.

Commemorative medal issued to honour gun manufacturer John Moses Browning (1855-1926). 
Designed by Dupont and minted in Fisch, Belgium, 1926

His designs have a clean and simply look, not too much unnecessary detail, typical of the "art deco". From the dates on these medal I would suggest an active creative period from c1925 until the mid 1960's.

The medal was awarded following the liberation of Liege on 8 September 1944

I have not been able to trace any biographical detail - no details on schooling, study, exhibitions or awards. Perhaps all this information is trapped in French, German or Walloon language publications or web-reference and not available to us English only Anglos.

Any help ?? Please leave as comment.

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Brangwyn & Belgium

Following on from my post Blair-Hughes-Stanton-Wood-Engraving and illustration for "The Searchers", I reminded myself that the artist Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) illustrated several books with his dark slightly menacing woodcuts. They probably look darker to the modern eyes than readers of the day as one has to remember that then, the vast majority of book illustration were black and white.

The book in question is "Belgium by Frank Brangwyn ARA, Hon Member of La Societe Royale Des Beaux Arts De Bruxelles, Cavaliere of The Order of The Crown of Italy, Etc, Etc..." (His words, not mine) This volume was published in 1916 and illustrated with 52 woodcuts and drawings.

There is something slightly apocalyptic about this opening illustration, as if god is about to wipe away Bruxelles from the surface of the earth. No wonder the edition was limited to just 160 copies.

For a book that is often referred to as "rare", there are quite a few for sale on ABE Books. Prices from £14.00 up to £340.00 and all dating to 1916 and all apparently 1st Editions.

 This last illustration reminds me of Monet's studies of trees, in fact it is a bit of a standard composition. Here are a few more .............

Auguste Lepere


Margaret Hebe Waite (1907-1986)

Y Urushibara (1888-1953)
probably after a Brangwyn design.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Around the Houses

........ this is one my easy postings. Just a short summary of interesting wood block, woodcuts and linocut print coming up for sale at auction in the UK.

MARTIN E. PHILIPP (1887-1978)
Two Wanderelstern, Meph 28
Lot 8 est £50-80 8th March 2013

Lot78 - 2nd March 2013
"An Eril Orlick colour woodcut print, The Pensioners and an I.V. Nicholson style wood cut print"
their description, not mine !! who would like to correct them.... or buy them against a £20-30 estimate

Sorry - not a lot about this week !! looks like these should interest Gerrie !!