A signed Louis Icart engraving ‘Laughing Buddha’. Circa 1924.
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22.5″ Diameter x 18″ Tall.
Louis Icart began as an illustrator in Paris in the 1900s, 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.