CHAS LABORDE (French / 1886-1941)

Chas (Charles) Laborde was born in Buenos Aires, to French parents. Moving to Paris, Chas Laborde became one of the finest illustrators of the first half of the twentieth-century. His work has a strong Art Deco flavour. Our prints by Chas Laborde are hand-coloured etchings for Juliette Au Pays Des Hommes by Jean Giraudoux, and black-and-white etchings for La Belle Journée by Jacques de Lacretelle. Laborde fought in WWI and was gassed in the trenches. His friend Pierre Mac Orlan said that Chas Laborde died of grief on seeing the conquering German army march past on the Place d’Étoile in 1941. See: Pierre Mornand, Vingt-Deux Artists du Livre, 1948; Emmanuel Pollaud-Dulian, Chas Laborde: Un homme dans la foule, 2010. We also have a series of highly explicit hand-coloured erotic etchings for Les Chansons Erotiques of P. J. Béranger. These extremely rare images were published anonymously, and if by Laborde would have been his only clandestine publication. However, although they are attributed to Laborde by Luc Monod, a more recent source has attributed them to an otherwise unknown artist, Virot. We have therefore listed these etchings under the name Virot.

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Selected prints by CHAS LABORDE

Bicyclists, 1926
Cubist portrait, 1926
Juliette, 1926

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