I have never seen anything like it. An artistic piece of exceptional importance. This is NOT a standard litho/print. Compare this to the others. Real Cloth blanket behind the baby.
Real colorization on the imagery. The Pose is the same. The face is the same. Bessie Pease Gutmann (1876 - 1960) was an American artist and illustrator, most noted for her paintings of putti, infants, and young children.During the early 1900s she was one of the better-known magazine and book illustrators in the United States Her artwork was featured on 22 magazine covers such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's between 1906 and 1920. She also illustrated popular children's books including a notable 1907 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although the commercial popularity of Gutmann's art declined during World War II, there was renewed interest in her illustrations from collectors by the late 20th century. All the components of this piece are REAL.
DNA Testing would probably prove this out. Likely his real baby blanket and ribbons, etc.
There were many famous artists during the "Golden Age" of illustration which ran from the late 1800's into the early 1900's. Due to the new technologies available at the time, some beautiful lithographs and engravings were mass produced for the public and color advertising was quite prolific. This was a time when women artists were able to actually make a living with their pens and paint brushes.
One of my favorite artists of this time was Bessie Pease Gutmann. She was one of the main artists of her time that specialized in pictures of babies and children. Born in Philadelphia in 1876, young Bessie Collins showed an early interest in art. Her parents picked up on this and encouraged her to study formally. After graduation from high school at the tender age of 16, the Collins' sent their daughter to the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, The New York School of Art and the Arts Students League.After graduation, Bessie barely got by on commissions earned by doing portrait sketches and doing illustrations for the local newspapers. Bessie felt that she was wasting her talent and began to search for more steady employment as a commercial artist. In 1903, Miss Collins finally found the job of her dreams at a company called Gutmann and Gutmann which was run by two immigrant brothers, Hellmuth and Bernhard. This relationship worked so well that Bessie married Hellmuth in 1906 at the ripe old age of thirty!
This was considered spinsterhood back then! Her big illustration break came with A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1905. More books followed with an especially beautiful 1907 edition of Carroll Lewis's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She also had a series of prints called the Colonial series which were hand tinted pictures that were made to compete with Wallace Nutting's tinted prints of that time.
In 1912 Bessie and Hellmuth began to be blessed with children. Bessie found great inspiration in the faces of her babies.
Alice, Lucille and John Gutmann were born and their mother's career really blossomed. The public and art critics soon found her illustrations of children and babies captivating and her prints began to grace the walls of nurseries around the country and abroad.
Her work also began to appear on calendars and post cards as well as famous paper and magazines of the time such as McCall's, The Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. Gutmann and Gutmann prospered greatly in the 1920's and 1930's but with the world at war in the early 1940's, the age innocence in print was waning.
The lack of quality paper and labor for prints also hurt the company. After nearly 50 years and over 600 prints to her credit, Bessie stopped painting and drawing for the public.She passed away in 1960. Bessie Pease Gutmann's art is still very popular, collectible and available to the public.
There are collectors clubs and her family descendents license her works for collector's plates and figurines. It is a picture of a young flapper in a yellow dress sitting on the floor admiring a huge box of red roses sent by a suitor. The Colonial series and her other prints of young ladies and brides can be hundreds of dollars depending on rarity and condition. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "auctionamericana" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped to United States.