c1925 Signed Coloured Etching La Rubia by Andre Lambert


A fine original coloured etching, titled ‘La Rubia’ (The Blonde) by the famous French artist and illustrator Andre C. Lambert.

The image depicts an Art Nouveau style demure young woman, dressed in traditional Mantilla Spanish costume of the South of Spain, and surrounded by the poverty and drama of the street scene. It is hand signed in pencil by Lambert and has a printed description on the bottom left and right of the picture. The picture has been framed and glazed.

André Lambert (1884-1967) began designing theatrical costumes, make-up, etc, but is especially known for his book illustration and erotic art. He studied in Munich under H. van Habermann, followed by further study in Paris. Amongst his earliest jobs was working on the German satirical magazine Simplicissimus, a magazine similar to the British Punch. His illustrative style strongly resembles that of Aubrey Beardsley with hint of Austrian Secession.

After WWI, he spent some time in Brittany before establishing a base in Montmartre, Paris. In 1919 he and his associate Georges Aubault founded the magazine Janus, which was written entirely in Latin. After his time in Paris, he moved to Spain where he devoted himself to illustrating classic works of literature with his own brand of erotic art. His illustrations can be compared to those of Paul Emile Becat or Eduard Chimot. He did not just specialise in erotic images, but his range of subjects was just wider than most. He died in Javea, between Valencia and Alicante. The Valencia museum has this exact etching in its collection.

Size image: 37 x 51 cm (14 ½ x 20 inches)
Size frame: 70.5 x 84 x 1.6 cm (27 ¾ x 33 x 5/8 inches)

Weight: 4725 g