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Lot 3: AUGUSTE ROUBILLE (1872-1955). SCALA EN BOMBE! 1903. 46x31 inches, 116x79 cm. Charles Verneau, Paris.Platinum House
December 18, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
AUGUSTE ROUBILLE (1872-1955) SCALA EN BOMBE! 1903.
46x31 1/4 inches, 116 3/4x79 1/2 cm. Charles Verneau, Paris.
Condition B+ / B: restored losses in central image, light creasing throughout; repaired tears and foxing in margins; loss in upper left edge.
Roubille was an illustrator for many of Paris' turn-of-the-century magazines, and his unique and instantly recognizable style is characterized by bright, flat colors, sharp outlining and a great sense of caricature. Here, for a show at a popular theatre entitled "On a Spree!" he plays into the fantasy of men whisking women away. Whether the man's intentions are sinister or not is hard to tell from the poster. Beauty and the Beast p. 14.