Hand pulled lithograph on vintage press, sequentially numbered.
Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl” and “Creole Goddess.” Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973.
The vintage poster was created in 1930 by Zig (Louis Gaudin). The lithograph was recreated using the same hand pulled process on a vintage press in 1999.
Signing his work as “Zig,” Louis Gaudin is best known for his posters for night life. He began his career in the United States, designing the costumes for Broadway musicals, he later was a frequent client of Parisian fashion boutiques. During the period 1926-1932, Zig created many posters and journal covers featuring Josephine Baker and Mistinguett for the Casino de Paris.