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Artist: Lucien Lefevre French

Plate: PL. 90

Title: Cirage Jacquot
Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1897.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in
  29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $250.00 USD

This comedic "slice-of-life" by Lefevre has long been celebrated for its wit, charm, and technique. Out of charcoal and in a pinch, an artiste-clown substitutes Cirage Jacquot & Cie shoe polish for face-paint – to the obvious hilarity of a third clown watching the ad-hoc switcheroo take place. The switcheroo is on us as well: we're now thoroughly invested in this ad, this art, this scene taking place – centered on something as profoundly mundane as shoe polish. Lefevre was Chéret's student, and here the student has outpaced his master. Chéret frequently has imp-like figures hovering, glowering just behind his posters' protagonists. Here, Lefevre converts the theme of surveillance into comedy, while making sure that we don't just get the joke – we're in on the joke. An ingenious bit of postmodernism in 1896, long before there was a word for such a thing. (Rennert)

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