Louis Icart: The Golden Years (1927-1929)

The explosive popularity of Louis Icart etchings between 1927 and 1929 corresponded with amazing economic times for the west. The buying public associated his work with wealth and opulence, while implying a sense of happy times. Although the impending depression would eventually destroy the entire genre, the golden years represented a zenith for production, popularity, and sales. The sheer output of etchings and print runs Icart generated set records that became unparalleled. As a result, his exploration of the boudoir art themes set the standard for all previous or future works. When one thinks of Icart, the golden years come to mind immediately. Although they are the most common of his etchings, they are also the most popular. Collectors seek these pieces with a passion, and are often willing to pay dearly to obtain them.