Gamy (Marguerite Montaut) (illus).
Paris. Mabileau & Co., Copyright 1909.
Color lithograph, matted, visible image approximately 33 x 14 inches. The lithograph was matted and framed in the 1980s, but will be removed from the frame for delivery. Visible image is very good; however, based on other prints framed at the same time and place, there is a toned line on the print along the mat window edge and brown adhesive paper tape along the edges of the sheet where the print was attached to the backing. The verso of the print is browned from the wood backing that was used in the frame. The lithograph could be deacidified and the tape removed; however as it stands it would display very well with the light brown line from matburn either covered or used as an accent line around the image. 'Gamy' is thought to be a pseudonym of Marguerite Montaut, the wife of the French poster artist Ernest Montaut, who died in 1909 at the age of 31. Ernest Montaut and, after his death, his wife, produced posters whose subject matter reflects the era's fascination with speed, on land and in the air. The posters were elaborately produced employing a combination of color lithography and handcoloring using the pochoir (stencil) process. This image, of a biplane flying over Paris, France, is presented in an unusual vertical format. Item #51987