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Antique Turn of the Century French Postcard by Louis Icart (Helli)

Item Number: 500294

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This is an antique circa 1911 lithograph on heavy cardstock postcard by listed artist (Helli) Louis Icart. Louis Icart's early pen-name was Helli derived from his initials L.I. Louis Icart. This piece is untitled and features a beautiful woman with a very large hat hat box. The image is signed in the plate (Helli). This antique offset lithograph postcard was published circa 1911 in a small unnumbered limited edition. The framed dimensions are approximately 12.5"h x 10.5"w. There is some wear to the estate frame. Louis Icart was born in Toulouse, France. He began drawing at an early age. He was particularly interested in fashion, and became famous for his sketches almost immediately. He worked for major design studios at a time when fashion was undergoing a radical change-from the fussiness of the late nineteenth century to the simple, clingy lines of the early twentieth century. Icart fought in World War I. He relied on his art to stem his anguish, sketching on every available surface. When he returned from the front he made prints from those drawings. The prints, most of which were aquatints and drypoints, showed great skill. Because they were much in demand, Icart frequently made two editions (one European, the other American) to satisfy his public.