French, Annie: tiny, intricate drawing
French, Annie: tiny, intricate drawing

French, Annie: tiny, intricate drawing

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Annie French (1872-1965)

Woman with coral beads & matching bow.

Drawing, ca. 1905

Ink and watercolor, 5.3 x 3.3" signed lower right.

Condition is very good overall: The sheet is cut to the edges of the image. It is not hinged, mounted, matted, nor framed.

Annie French may belong with the ‘Glasgow Girls,’ but her work is not as concerned with graphic design as the others; she is more interested in intricate linear textures, showing some Beardsley influence, but making her work visually akin to the French Nabis. She usually worked in black or colored inks; every work I've seen of hers depicts women only, navigating through densely patterned landscapes despite masses of hair, gown and sleeve. She tended to work small to very small, so note the dimensions here; from photographs, her compositions look like they must be quadruple the actual size. The sketch started on verso has a much more Jugendstil aspect. Biographical sketches are available in Osterwalder and Houfe, and her Wikipedia page finally has her lifespan dates. French appears to have been exhibited far more than published.
(Entry and authentication by Roger T. Reed)