Framed etching and aquatint, ‘Laughing Buddha’, 1924. Signed by the artist, Louis Icart in the lower right corner.
About Louise Icart
Louis Icart was born in 1888 in Toulouse and later died in Paris in 1950.
He started drawing early on in his life. His aunt was very impressed with his work and brought him to Paris in 1907, where he spent a lot of time painting, drawing and producing etchings.
Louis Icart had also started to produce postcards and soon after he started to receive orders for the design of title pages for the magazine, La Critique Théâtrale. He was then hired to create fashion sketches, which is then what he became known for.
In 1913, Louis presented his work at the Salon des Humoristes. He then learned to create copperplate engravings and from then on, worked with this technique. He was now working for the large French design studios and illustrated their catalogs.
Louis Icart had also participated in the First World War as a fighter pilot. At this point, he was then making artwork with patriotic themes. When he returned from the war, he created prints of his work mainly using aquatint and drypoint etchings. His work became very popular, so he created two versions, for the European and the American market.
In the late 1920s, Louis Icart became very successful with his publications and his work for large fashion and design studios. The popularity of his etchings peaked in the Art Deco era. Icart depicted life in Paris and New York in the 1920s and 1930s in his own style of painting.
He exhibited at the Paris Simonson Gallery, Belmaison gallery in John Wanamaker’s department store and the New York Metropolitan Galleries.
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