Armand Rassenfosse (1862-1934 (Russian)

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Huile Russe
9 x 12.5
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Original turn of the century small format vintage poster. G. Boudet, Editeur. Justification du triage. No. 448 a 1050 sur papier velin. Printed on fine vellum paper stock in 1897. Description A delicate image in pale colors advertises "Russian Oil," a leather protection product. The young blonde patiently applies the product to her shoes in a sentimental, yet realistic portrait. Beaumont comments that "This poster is of a rather exaggerated realism; but the color all at once corrects that which is a bit overdone and creates a print of charming carelessness" (p. 85). Rassenfosse wouldn't have thought that a compliment, for he is quoted in the 1898 Estampe et Affiche as saying that "To correctly judge a poster, one has to see it outdoors and at a distance of at least 10 meters. I'm not for the print-poster, nice to hold in one's hand and charming in a collector's room. The poster must address itself with the least possible subtlety to the passing crowd and must require no effort for its understanding" (p. 227). "Armand Rassenfosse . . . was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a prosperous merchant in Liege, pursuing his penchant for drawing and engraving only as a hobby. But on a business trip to Paris, he met Felician Rops who persuaded him to attend the Academy at Liege . . . Rassenfosse at first designed small graphic works like ex libris and letterheads, then went on to book illustrations and magazine cover designs. His posters have a directness and simplicity that bring them an immediate attention"