Marquise de Belbeuf
Georges Goursat (1863-1934), known as Sem, attained a high level of success with his wonderful portrayals of Paris at the turn of the century. This outstanding caricaturist was a member of the Salon des Humoristes and an officer of the Legion of Honor. His works offer us glimpses into Parisian high society at the turn of the century. Sem’s unique talent made his work very identifiable, particularly because of the essential sobriety of his composition, in which his characters usually emerge from a white or plain background rather than being more obvious caricatures. Sem captured the spirit of the subject and in turn produced images that were true to life. This beautiful print is a part of Album de Sem published in Paris c. 1910. Mathilde de Morny married the Marquis de Belbeuf in 1881. She was a close friend of Colette and an artist herself by the name d’Yssim. She committed suicide in 1944 completely bankrupt.
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Size: 560 x 723 mm Lithograph. Printed colour. Fair condition.