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Mariette LydisArt Deco Nude - the Courtisane
An original drawing of truly magnificent quality by Mariette Lydis (1887-1970) . Mariette Lydis was a fascinating personality. Twice divorced by 1926, Mariette Lydis arrived in Paris with an Italian lover, where she married her third husband, aristocrat Gioseppe Govone, an editor of illustrated books. It is for a Govone that she illustrated Lucian of Samotata's "Dialogues of Courtisanes" in 1930. The original drawing here presented is a study for one of the illustrations in the book. The original two tone lithograph which was the result will be also included in the sale . An accomplished engraver, painter and illustrator, Lydis was a member of the Salon d’Automne. She escaped Paris and the ensuing Nazi roundup of Jews, Lydis and her lover Erica Marx lived for a brief time in Winchcombe, England before sailing as a refugee to Buenos Aires in July of 1940. She and Marx lived and worked in Argentina until Lydis' death in Recoletta, Buenos Aires on April 26, 1970. Lydis was also close to the aviator Amelia Earhart. Mariette Lydis lived in Argentina for the rest of her life. Her style was influenced by that of the Japanese artist Tsuguharu Foujita, whom she knew in Montmartre. There is always an edge of ambiguous sexuality and danger in the art of Mariette Lydis, whose best work was undoubtedly created in the 1920s and 30s.Her work is in many major museums and collections worldwide. The drawing dates from 1929/1930, is unsigned with annotations by the artist under the mat. The overall size including a handsome frame are 48 x 38 cm.
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