31 x 20 cm image size
52.5 x 40 cm frame size
An original illustration in pencil, ink and wash by the the French artist probably intended for his book of etchings: “Rues et Visages de Paris” of 1926 or the 1930 “Rues et Visages de Berlin” and later in the collection of the Australian artist Colin Lanceley. A humorous slice of pre World War II European street life, with a salacious twist… The old garçon, shopping bag in hand eyes off the modern woman striding by in her short skirt and short hair.
Charles Laborde was born in1886 in Buenos Aires, Argentina of French parents. He called himself Chas-Laborde. He was a pupil in Paris of Henri Royer and Marcel Baschet at l’Académie Julian in Paris, and of William Bouguereau and Luc-Olivier Merson at l’École des Beaux-Arts.
Charles “Chas” Laborde was one of the most well known illustrators in France in the 1920’s and 1930’s. His works are often compared to those of George Grosz. Both humorous and satirical, they were often directed at the French upper classes. His illustrations of street life in Paris convey the atmosphere of a quintessential city in a quintessential time.
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