'THE DUCK EATS THE SLUGS' by FAMOUS FRENCH ARTIST GEORGES REDON, 1930s restaurant menu on reverse!
- Condition Frame has slight paint damage - typical for it's age, colors are still vibrant.
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Jules Georges Redon, [1869-1943] was a well-known French artist specializing in a wide range of paintings and illustrations. One of his specialties between the 2 world wars was a series of wonderful vignettes of children in amusing and innocent situations. on the reverse side is a beautifully hand drawn daily menu for one of the 4 famous restaurants in Paris that are still in business today:
Cafe De Paris, Fouquet, Armenonville, & Pre Catelan.
Many years ago I spoke with one of the restaurants [I believe it was Fouquet] and they explained Mr. Redon had granted permission for the 4 locales to use his prints as covers for the daily menus. All of the Redon menus are pre-WW2.
This print is one of his best works in the series, known as Le canard mange les limaces [The duck eats the slugs], showing a little boy sleeping on a sandy beach as a duck eyes what the boy has between his legs, mistaking those little bits for slugs!
This print is created by the stone lithographic printing process, where the paper is pressed into different etched stones, a different stone for each color. The process created a far better level of detail, but is labor intensive.
I bought it from the estate of the couple that brought it back to America, my purchase was about 40 years ago. It's framed in the original wood and glass frame from when it was first brought to America. It has always been kept away from direct sunlight, so the colors are still vibrant. The print does have some very minor foxing, but an experienced paper conservator can remedy the foxing if desired. Frame size is about 18" X 13". The frame is a very delightful 1930s faux bamboo design. I am selling this print/menu due to advancing age and medical condition.
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