Ne Buvez Jamais d’Eau [Don’t Drink the Water]
Jules Georges Redon was a figural artist known for his humorous portrayals of children and animals. He also produced numerous posters, many of which remain treasured parts of French history. He did a great deal of work for the cabarets and restaurants in his Montmartre neighborhood, including humorous covers for menus.
This work likely was created to serve as a menu cover—desirable for the restaurant owner who wanted to motivate customers to purchase wine instead of water!
The text to the lower margin reads “Ne buvez jamais d’eau” [“Never drink the water”].
|Signing, Dating, and Titling|
Intaglio print from an etching (apparently by burin and roulette) in full color.
Printed on very fine BFK Rives mould-made 100% cotton paper with one deckled edge, approx. 270 grams.
Signed in the plate en recto.
Impressions were limited but not numbered and edition size remains unknown.
Custom framed and matted in a solid cherry frame behind 99% UV-filtering Conservation Glass. All conservation materials.
Very Good condition. Modest handling marks and surface soil consistent with age. Nicely printed. Excellent margins.
16.25 in. (h) x 20.25 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
12.5 in. (h) x 17.75 in. (w)
11 in. (h) x 14.25 in. (w)