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Known to have been active mostly as a poster designer at the end of the 19th century, Gustave Marie seems to be one of those artists whose name has fallen through the cracks of time. Of course, it doesn’t help to have a last name that’s also a first name, while also carrying family and first names both of where were very common. After all, how would you find information about Peter Paul or Mary Elizabeth? And yet, Marie designed posters for the famous Parisian Eldorado theater, for no less than Laurent Tailhade, a poet of great renown at the time. He also drew a double poster for the very influential print and poster dealer Edmond Sagot. And aside from a handful more posters he was also known to be an illustrator, whose drawings showed humor and a great sense of composition. One day the biography of Gustave Marie will be filled in. For now, he remains an unknown master.
Ink and pencil on paper, mounted on board.Signed with and "MG" monogram in pencil.A design for an Art Nouveau screen.