Joie de Vivre
This is a colored drypoint etching from 1929. It is pencil signed in the lower right with the windmill blindstamp in the lower left. In the upper left: "copyright 1929 by L. Icart, Paris." The plate measures 23 x 15 inches in a 35 x 24 inch high quality ornate French style gold frame. Catalog: Holland 356, this print is on the catalog cover. Icart was born in Toulouse, France, and began drawing at an early age. He was particularly interested in fashion, and he quickly rose to fame producing etchings for major design studios at a time when fashion was undergoing a radical change from the conservativeness of the late nineteenth century to the simple, clingy lines of the early twentieth century. His style, though modern, drew inspiration from 18th century French masters like Jean Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, and Jean Honore Fragonard. He fought in WWI, continuing to make art as an escape, and before long his art became a symbol of the Art Deco movement.