FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "My Pleasure"
Portfolio: "Felicia ou mes Fredaines"
Medium: Original Etching
Limited edition: 530
Framed size: 15" x 12.5"
Image size: 8.5" x 6.25"
Louis Justin Laurent Icart, born in 1888 in Toulouse and died in Paris in 1950, is a French painter, engraver and
illustrator. Impressed by her drawings, her aunt brought her to Paris: she owned Maison Valmont, a milliner for the
Belle Époque . Louis Icart was then introduced into the circles of illustration for the fashion press. He draws for the
periodical La Critique théâtrale and for catalogs of haute couture houses. Trained in engraving , he presented his
original works at the Salon des humoristes : his portraits of women and Parisians began to seduce the public; He is
compared to Paul-César Helleu and Manuel Robbe. During the First World War , he was an airplane pilot , took part in
several air missions but did not cease drawing. In 1920 he exhibited at the Galerie Simonson in Paris, and in 1922, in
New York, Galerie Belmaison, more than thirty canvases expressing an Art Deco style. As a result of this exhibition,
his engravings will have some success in America until 1932. His work includes more than five hundred engravings.
He has also participated in the illustration of some thirty books, including a good number of erotic. During the
Occupation , he composed an engraved series entitled The Exodus. His work fell into oblivion after the war, but
again aroused interest when, in the 1970s , some of his early paintings were found in the attic of an art school.