Paul ALLIER (Paris 1883 - Paris 1953)

Le Billet Doux (Incroyable and Merveilleuse)

Pen and black ink and gouache.
Signed and dated PAUL ALLIER / 1920 at the lower left.
300 x 220 mm. (11 3/4 x 8 5/8 in.) [image]
331 x 250 mm. (13 x 9 7/8 in.) {sheet]


Dated 1920, the present sheet is a design for a pochoir entitled Le Billet Doux. The subject depicts an ‘Incroyable' receiving a surreptitiously passed note from a female counterpart, a ‘Merveilleuse’, during the period of the Directoire in France, at the very end of the 18th century. ‘Incroyables’ and ‘Merveilleuses’ were members of a fashionable aristocratic subculture in Paris in the years just after the Reign of Terror, who - perhaps in a reaction to having survived the bloody events of 1793-1794 - dressed in an affected or exaggerated style and acted in a decadent, devil-may-care manner. 


Le Billet Doux (Incroyable and Merveilleuse)


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