Mariette Lydis; Comtesse Govone, born Mariette Ronsperger
Pencil signed limited edition
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Limited edition soft ground etching
Print number 42 from an edition of only 200 impressions
Mariette Lydis; 1887-1970, Austrian/French/Argentinian, engraver, painter and illustrator; Comtesse Govone, born Mariette Ronsperger in Vienna, Mariette married Jean Lydis in 1922. She departed from Vienna arriving in Paris with Italian writer Massimo Bontempelli and eventually became a French citizen. In 1928 she married Comte Giuseppi Govone, an art publisher. She escaped Paris and the ensuing Nazi roundup of Jews, with her lover Erica Marx to take refuge in the English Cotswold town of Winchcombe, before sailing as a refugee to Buenos Aires in 1939. She lived and worked in Argentina until her death. It has been said she was close to the aviator Amelia Earhart. Her style was influenced by that of the Japanese artist Tsuguharu Foujita, whom she knew in Montmartre.
A superbly charismatic etching with fine detail work in black ink with plate tone and colour, bright and unfaded, the image measures approximately 33 cms. x 39 cms. (13 x 15½ ins.) within a strong platemark and impression, on a wove paper sheet size; 38 cms. x 46 cms. (15 x 18 ins.)
Signed in pencil by the artist with the edition 42/200 in pencil below the image.
Unframed and unmounted, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and the sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.