Year: ca. 1928
Size: each 11 1/2 x 19 inches
Condition: Signed pencil, ink, and watercolor drawings. Framed.
Throughout the course of Gesmar's and Mistinguett's close working relationship, Gesmar designed thousands of costumes and 55 posters for the ebullient showgirl. His creative work was prolific, despite a tragically short life, and he sketched out his ideas constantly. Here, we can witness his planning process for his 1928 poster, Mistinguett / Rags to Riches (see PAI-LXXVII, 224). These images are particularly detailed and very closely resemble the finalized design. At this point in his career, he had finessed his skills and was at the height of his game, but sadly, this also marked his last poster for Mistinguett. (2)