Phyllis Elliott began buying the works of Louis Icart over 25 years
ago and to date is considered to be the world expert on his works. She
recognized the unique style and special technique that Louis Icart used
for his dry point etchings and oil paintings and in 1974 she had the
first major exhibition in New York of Icarts works.
Icart, born in France, rose to early fame for his stylized women languishing
in gardens with exotic Russian Wolfhounds, Borzoi dogs or other animals.
He would capture movement on paper or canvas that no other artist of
his time and genre was able to. These Icart women would be grandly dressed
and perfectly accessorized; they would capture the hearts of all in
Europe and America.
His career initially began as a fashion illustrator and as time progressed
his style changed to reflect what was going on in the world. One could
the heaviness and struggle in his works done during World War I which
would change to frivolity and romance during the 1920's and 30's. His
works were hand signed bearing his windmill dry stamp L.I. in the corner.
Many of his etchings are of nude women and are amongst the most widely
sought after by collectors today. His women were imaginative, bold,
provocative, carefree and feminine. Icart adored women as is evident
in the mastery of his etchings. He created over 500 different etchings
during his lifetime as well as hundreds of oil paintings.
Phyllis Elliott, often called "The Icart Lady"
can assist you in finding the
Icart etching or painting for your collection.