Louis Icart Aquatint Engraving C-ML

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An original French signed Louis Icart engraving of three ladies and a cat. Circa 1924.

22.5″ Diameter x 18″ Tall.

Louis Icart (1888-1950) Louis Icart was born in Toulouse in the Year 1880. He began drawing at an early age and was particularly interested in fashion, therefor he became famous for his sketches almost immediately and soon worked for major design studios.
He created Illustrations as well as numerous etchings of women in sensual poses that made him quite famous during the Beginning of the 20th century, especially in the context of the Art Déco style. His works show influences of the 18th century painters such as Watteau, Fragonard or Boucher on the one hand but also show impressionist tendencies that he combines with the fine and curved line of the Modern Style respectively Art Nouveau.

Louis Icart began producing work for a variety of publications such as La Critique Theatrale and for the catalogs of  haute couture houses .

Trained in engraving,  he presented his original works at the Salon des Comicistes- his portraits of young women and Parisiennes gained popularity.

During the First World War, he was a pilot, flying several air missions – but did not stop drawing.

In 1920, he exhibited at the Simonson Gallery in Paris; then, in 1922, in New York at the Belmaison Gallery, showing a collection of  more than thirty paintings in a distinct Art Deco style.

As a result of this exhibition, his engravings enjoyed success in the United States well into the 1930s.

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