Art Exhibitsby Georges De Feure
Affiches et Estampes/Pierrefort
An alluring lady in black mocks us (perhaps) in this rare poster by De Feure.Possibly the rarest, definitely the most fully expressive among the few posters of this noted symbolist painter and sometimes graphic designer. The lady pointing to one of the items available from print and poster dealer Pierrefort is one of De Feure's most enigmatic women: her face is alluring yet inscrutable, with a touch of slyness or private amusement: Is she mocking us, or simply being ambiguous? Millman calls this his most Japanese-influenced poster. Pierrefort, along with Sagot and Arnould, was one of the most important poster and print dealers of Paris in the 1890s who often befriended promising graphic artists whose work he savored. Three of these proteges created posters for his gallery: Henri Gabriel Ibels, P.H. Lobel and De Feure. Pierrefort was especially close to Toulouse-Lautrec, whose work he published and exhibited toward the end of the painter's short career.