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Cycles Clement Motocycles

by Pal
YEAR:
ca. 1890s
SIZE:
43 x 58 1/4 inches (109.2 x 148.0 cm)
REFERENCE NUMBER:
934

DESCRIPTION:

If you have to have an allegorical representation of “the largest factory in the world,” it doesn’t hurt to make it a statuesque beauty with a resolute expression and a peek-a-boo bodice, especially seeing as the factory itself is recreated as far-less attractive, yet far-more concrete evidence in the background behind her.

In 1893, Pal moved to Paris, at first staying with illustrations; but between 1895 and 1900, he became intensely involved with posters, and during this brief period produced some of the most sensuous designs ever used in advertising up to that time. His loving tributes to feminine pulchritude identify his poster instantly; he could and did paint in oils as well, predictably choosing the same ravishing beauties for his subjects. In 1900, Pal went to the United States, and for the remainder of his life worked in applied graphics: at first magazines, later ads and publicity for the auto, film and animation industries. He died in Miami at the age of 82.

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