Signed Photograph – Pol Rab

An original signed photograph of Pol Rab holding Ric and Rac, probably unique and dated 1930. This is an original photograph stamped with the copyright mark of Germaine Krull, Paris. In Paris between 1926 and 1928, Krull became friends with Sonia Delaunay, Robert Delaunay, Eli Lotar, Andre Malraux, Colette, Jean Cocteau, Andre Gide and others, her commercial work consisted of fashion photography, nudes, and portraits.

It measures approximately 5 inches (13cm) wide and 7.5 inches (19cm) high and is in good original condition.

Rab, Pol (Paul Abraham 1898 – 1933) French artist and cartoonist.

Before his untimely death at the age of 35 at Barbizon, he was elected president of the mois de 30 ans, an artistic society for artists under the age of thirty. He was an extremely talented artist and humorous illustrator who created the famous Ric and Rac terriers cartoon series. Many art deco items were produced with the Ric and Rac theme – desk sets, cocktail sticks, cigarette cases, bookends, photo frames, brooches, ashtrays, advertising ornaments for Lux hoovers and even a boot polish. Pol Rab also created Nenufar which was an African themed cartoon. Paul Brach in 1934, said of him that ‘all that he did, he did well and with verve’. He was a great friend of Jean Cocteau. He is also did designs for theatrical magazines and programmes, bars and restaurant menus, which always very comical and Ric and Rac was very saucy for the period.

Even Lea Stein produced a brooch of Ric the terrier.

Also shown is a picture of Ric and Ric taken from a 1928 magazine.


REF Art2570

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