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Ballarinas at Practice: Original charcoal - Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) - 1920. 
Paris: Alicia Markova, 1920. Unique . Framed.. Very Good. An original drawing once belonging to Alicia Markova Prima-Ballerina. The reverse has a copy of another work of art of Dame Alicia as Nicolete by artist Hedwig Pillitz. Whilst the image is a print their is also an original signature and presentation not to Alicia from Hedwig Pillitz and another label stating it was once in the Alicia Markova Collection, which i believe was sold in the 1980's. This came via her sister and brother-in-law, Vivienne and Leonard Haskell. The image is of Ballerina's either rehearsing or training. The date would be before the artists death in 1931 and possibly from the very early 20th century when the artist was working for magazines and illustrating. A FINE image in original wide Hogarth style frame black lacquer and gilt trim, frame and backing, frame has some damage to lacquer and corners. It comes with the original holograph signature of DAME ALICIA MARKOVA on one of her personal cards and dated 1933 loosely attached. The size is; 34 x 29 cm With the frame and mount is approx 35 x 45 cm. All sold as one: Card + Drawing + signatures on the reverse. **Forain was a follower and protÃ©gÃ© of Degas, Forain joined the Impressionist circle in time to take part in the fourth independent exhibition in 1879; he participated in three of the four landmark shows that followed between 1879 and 1884. Influenced by Impressionist theories on light and color, he preferred to depict scenes of everyday life: his watercolors, pastels, and paintings focused on Parisian popular entertainments and themes of modernity-the racetrack, the ballet, the comic opera, and bustling cafÃ©s. From 1898 - 1899 Forain worked as an illustrator for the weekly French magazine Psst...!, a satirical publication to promote the anti-Dreyfus cause and contributed anti-semitic caricatures. Aside from being influenced by his friend of over fifty years, Edgar Degas, Forain was greatly influenced by HonorÃ© Daumier; and his treatment of subjects in his drawings for publications such as Le Figaro and Le Courrier Francais are often reminiscent of Daumier's. In 1892 he published the first volume of La ComÃ©die Parisienne, a collection of Forain's illustrations and commentary on the major stories political stories that disrupted France's Third Republic-such as the anarchic crisis and the Dreyfus affair. In 1891 Forain married the painter Jeanne Bosc with whom he had a son, Jean-Loup, born in 1895. During the first World War, Forain's illustrations honored the patriotism of his contemporaries; and he enlisted in the Section de Camouflage under Lucien-Victor Guirand de ScÃ©vola. In his later years, Forain created numerous scenes of the Law Courts and other Parisian institutions plus social satire caricatures on late 19th and early 20th century French life. In 1931, shortly before his death, he was made a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was one of France's best known and revered artists during his time and may best be remembered for his numerous drawings chronicling and commenting on Parisian city life at the end of the 19th century. Followers and admirers of Forain's work include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
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