This scarce signed sepia toned photograph” of the 27 year old Erté was prepared for “Harpers and shows the artist/designer perfectly perched in front of a palm protectively holding his cat. He’s. The photo mat has sizing notations for printing in the March 1919 issue of "Harper's" according to the docketing on verso. Above the photo to the left, an arrow points to an edit note. "Take the line out of picture." With his distinctive signature, he signs in pen on the lower right portion of the mat, "Erté." Condition: The photograph is in very good condition with slight rubbing to the surface near the upper corners. The mat shows soiling, slight bends at corners and a rust stain from a paper clip. To illustrate his long career, this 1912 image is paired with Erte's uniquely small business card with his note dated 1962. "Erte, 'sends you his best wishes for 1962.'.
Erté signed a contract with "Harper's Bazar" magazine in 1915 and for the next 21 years, he contributed dazzling fashion covers in the Art Deco style as well as original fashion drawings. His design style has resonated through the decades since his time at "Harper's" and continues into contemporary design. Note on the spelling Bazar. Harper's Bazar changed the spelling to Harper's Bazaar in 1929.