Bicycles bicyclists Godefroy cover art 1898 vintage  French Art Nouveau print
$ 46.00

Cover art by Godefroy- Bicyclists meeting in the countryside

(Late 19th Century European Art Nouveau visual culture, French Jugenstil)

Issued 1898, Paris by Le Rire- journal humoristique paraissant le Samedi

Outstanding example of late 19th century Jugenstil / art nouveau aesthetic. The artist has combined biting social commentary within the style, making the image carry a message far more significant than the beautiful artistic style alone.

Very interesting original antique color lithographed printed image. The original paper sheet issued in the late 1890's, not a modern copy or reprint of it.

In Good+ [or better] condition: sheet displays some heavy typical uniform age toning (due to acidic type of wood-pulp paper used), possibly small minor nicks, perhaps slight creases, could have small edge splits which have been carefully and almost invisibly repaired on verso, etc.- any flaws primarily outside of the printed area and of minimal importance to the value or aesthetics (especially at this low price level for an original artifact over 100 years old); overall the image remains clean and very attractive. Any minor defects may hopefully be clearly seen in the images. Paper is somewhat fragile, please handle with care and respect once you own it.

If you place any value on your time at all, the time spent trying to locate another example of this nice item in this condition with this accurate presentation and guarantee of authenticity would almost certainly cost far more than simply purchasing this example :-)

Because it is an original printed sheet from this scarce late 19 1/4th century French periodical, it has printed text and images on the back, which is the only way this image sheet can be acquired as an original other than perhaps as a modern reprint.

Please examine the scan closely as it forms the central part of the description. There is a zoom feature so you can see close up. [note: we grade very conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws ].

A delightful 20th century print any collector, dealer, or institution would be happy to possess. Perfect item for display purposes or gift giving.

Sheet measures c. 11 3/4 " H x 9 1/4 " W .