Size: 11.5 x 16 inches
Notes: Poster, Small Poster
Artist: Gibson, Charles Dana
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About The Poster: I have loved Gibson's work since I was a young girl: I don't know if I first fell in love with his style, his elegance, or the style and elegance of the women (for it was mostly women he portrayed) who populated his sketches. His work defined the generation of women who came of age in the late 1890's and very early 1900's - women who were beginning to be independent, who yearned to be 'liberated' in the most naive sense of the word - in short, women who wanted more. Wikipedia tells us of Gibson that he "was a graphic artist, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th century. As a talented youth, he was enrolled by his parents at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He studied there for two years before leaving to find work. Peddling his pen-and-ink sketches, he sold his first work in 1886 to Life Magazine. His works appeared weekly in the magazine for over 30 years. He quickly built a wider reputation, his works appearing in all the major New York publications. The development of the Gibson Girl from 1890 and her nationwide fame made Gibson respected and wealthy. In 1895, he married Irene Langhorne - one of the elegant Langhorne sisters, born to a once-wealthy Virginia family devastated by the Civil War, who serves as the inspiration for the famous Gibson Girls.
This lovely print is from a book published in the late 1890s and is typical of the type of the high society Gibson portrayed so well. It is in very good condition, and measures 11.5 x 16 inches. It has an additional print on the reverse of the page.