This foppish fellow looks more like a caricature of a dandy than a portrait of one in this French poster from the 1920s. Dramatically dressed in a green suit, with his hair, neck bow, wide-brimmed hat, gloves, buttons, and cuff links providing matched red accents, he may be an actor in a theatrical production, and this ensemble is actually his costume.
An expression of joy fills his whole face, with his wide grin and his smiling, half-shut eyes. Perhaps this expression reflects his excitement about the accolades he has received following his performance, as he holds a red rose which is often presented to an actor after a show.
Louis Maubon (1881-1957) and Marcel Bertal (1882-1953) were French writers of songs, plays, operas, vaudeville shows and other theatrical productions. They collaborated often and were sometimes known by the collective pseudonym “Bertal Maubon“or just “Maubon.” This poster is likely promoting one such production.
French artist H. Cassard designed this poster; and it is one of numerous posters he did during the 1920s.
Rare and intriguing, this vintage poster will add interest and sparkle to your collection.