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Armand A.L. Rassenfosse

Cigarettes Job

$5,000.00

Armand A.L. Rassenfosse

Cigarettes Job

$5,000.00

Year: 1910

Size: 37 1/4 x 51 3/4 inches

Condition: B / slight tears at folds

“Armand Rassenfosse... was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a prosperous merchant in Liège, pursuing his penchant for drawing and engraving only as a hobby. But on a business trip to Paris, he met Felician Rops who persuaded him to attend the Academy at Liège... Rassenfosse at first designed small graphic works like ex libris and letterheads, then went on to book illustrations and magazine cover designs. His posters have a directness and simplicity that bring them an immediate attention. For CIGARETTES JOB, Rassenfosse uses more color, and for some reason, he has chosen a Spanish motif; it was probably easier, in 1910, to imagine a ‘gypsy’ woman smoking a cigarette than having a more genteel girl indulge in such unladylike behavior. According to Weber, women who smoked 'belonged to the lower orders or to criminal classes... By the 1890s one begins to hear of respectable women smoking, but they were either eccentrics or feminists'” (Wine Spectator, 102).