n.p. n.d. (ca. 1925). An original drawing in colour showing a garden fantasy by the art deco illustrator and designer Robert Bonfils presented by him to Roger Grillon. A sudden shower (with a rainbow) sends two couples dashing in front of a large arched hedge at the garden entrance to a palace. With its large topiary, pergola, fountains, etc., the scene combines the classical elements of French garden architecture with the streamlined vision of nature associated with Art Deco and with illustration styles of the early 20th century. Bonfils' own colour woodblock poster for the 1925 Paris International Exposition did much for establishing the Art Deco style. Single sheet 35.2 x 36 cm.; drawing is 32.5 x 33.3 cm .
Watercolor, gouache and ink on paper; some foxing visible in small areas; signed presentation inscription on lower right corner beneath drawing.
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