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The weird shit you find up for auction … this one from Skinner:
René Gaillard, “Cocaine” (c.1925)
Signed and identified within the matrix. Color lithographic poster, image size 59 x 43 1/2 in. (149.8 x 110.5 cm), unmatted, unframed. Condition: Mounted onto linen.
The description of the piece on Live Auctioneers is quite telling:
A sallow-eyed woman in a red dress is swaying to the music of a red-lipped jazz band, while a gleeful green monster (the spectre of cocaine) watches over the hill of Montmartre, and Moulin Rouge at his elbow; against a gray background. Although little is known about this play, the image does not appear to be a glorification of the drug which was legal in Paris throughout the 1920s. The clear resemblance of the characters pictured to Edith Piaf, Harpo Marx and Al Jolson further suggest that this play, whether a morality tale or not, was celebrity based.