Paul Colin (1892-1985). Cubist Portrait of Norka Rouskava dancer. Oil on board

PAUL COLIN. (1892-1985)
presumed portrait of Norka Rouskaya, dancer in "Revue Espagnole" 1926 Théâtre des Champs Elysees.

Oil on panel. Signed lower right. Excellent condition.
Original frame.
Circa 1926/1930

Dim. 52.5cm 67cm
(66cm 81cm with frame)

Paul Colin (27 June 1892 in Nancy, France – 18 June 1985 in Nogent-sur-Marne) was one of France’s greatest painter and poster artists.
Made famous in 1925 by his poster for the Revue Nègre, which helped to launch the career of Josephine Baker (who became his mistress), he worked for over forty years in the theatre, creating not only posters but also numerous sets and costumes.
Very Art déco at the outset, (his Le Tumulte noir is a masterpiece of the genre), his style quickly became highly personal and impossible to categorize: the synthetic accuracy of his portraits, the evocative force of his posters for grand causes so marked him as a master of visual communication that his work today remains relevant and fresh. A student of Eugène Vallin and of Victor Prouvé, he is considered a master of the modern school of poster art. He is the author of more thab 1,400 posters and many theatrical set and costume designs. His work was also part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
He was the master of painter Philippe Derome and poster artists duo Lefor-Openo
An original vintage poster of singer and Broadway star Adelaide Hall by Paul Colin advertising Blackbirds at the Moulin Rouge in 1929, sold on 2 October 2003 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York for $167,500.[2] The sale signalled a record high for an original Paul Colin poster.
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