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Henri Gabriel Ibels   1867-1936
French, b. Paris

Ibels was a well known illustrator, printmaker, painter and author who studied at the Academy Julian in Paris. He had been part of the art group, Les Nabis and exhibited with the Salon des Independants in the 1890Ős. He drew much of his inspiration from street life and the theater, which he translated into posters and book illustrations. He would also use his bold style to capture scenes at the front lines during World War One in a series of paintings entitled Visions de Guerre. These works were then used to illustrate charity cards.



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Louis Justin Laurent Icart   1888-1950
French, b. Toulouse

Icart had gone to school to study business but while there his interests strayed toward the theater. After moving to Paris in 1907 he took a job hand coloring risque postcards but soon realized he could create this type of work on his own. He quickly learned intaglio printing techniques to create cards but ended up working as a fashion illustrator. In 1914 Icart left his wife to live with Fanny Volmers who would become the model for most of his imagery. While serving in World War One he continued to draw contributing illustrations to the military journal La Baionnette. His war experiences seems to have caused him to solidify his focus on the opulent life in which he depicted the glamorous and erotic. His work became very popular and he easily found employment among fashion and design studios as well as providing illustrations for Luxe de Paris. While his paintings and prints are closely associated with Art Deco and are representative of his era, his style is actually less modern displaying influence of the Rococo artists. Most of the postcards produced from this work are signed Helli, mimicking the pronunciation of his initials I.L.



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Friedrich Iwan   1889-1967
German, b. Landeshut, Prussia

After his studies at the Royal Arts and Crafts School and the Berlin Academy, Iwan moved to Karpacz in the Giant Mountains. While he moved to Hirschburg only three years latter, his time there would greatly influence all of his work. He predominantly became a landscape artist concentrating on images containing mountains and snow. He produced a variety of graphic art from bookplates to postcards.




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