Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
Chas Laborde (1886-1941)

Charles Laborde (known as Chas Laborde) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to French parents. He studied in Paris where he was a pupil of Henri Royer and Marcel Baschet at the Académie Julian, and of William Bouguereau and Luc-Olivier Merson at the École des Beaux-Arts. At the age of 15 he began to sell drawings to Parisian satirical magazines.

Laborde fought in the First World War and afterwards traveled throughout England, creating a number of biting and humorous illustrations of bourgeois life which were published in Rire Rouge and La Baionette. He established himself as an illustrator, best known for satirical works in which he poked fun at his own world of snobs and aristocrats between the two world wars. Georg Grosz, the German satirical artist to whom his work is often compared, was a major influence on his work, as was Jules Pascin, who was also a close friend. Chas-Laborde was also much in demand as an illustrator of novels. Throughout his career, his oil painting achieved increasing respect and his work was seen as cerebral and penetratingly witty. He was commissioned to illustrate a series of books about the streets and faces of famous cities: Rues et Visages de Paris, with text by Valery Larbaud; Rues et Visages de Londres, with text by Pierre Mac Orlan; Rues et Visages de Berlin with text by Jean Giradoux; Rue et Visages de Moscou with his own text; and Rue et Visages de New York with text by Paul Morand, which was published after his death.

Laborde was also skilled as a painter and left many portraits, nudes, still lifes, and street scenes which bring to mind Matisse, Kisling, and Pascin, all of whom were influences on his art. He exhibited at the Salon de Tuilieries and the Galerie Charpentier in Paris.

A major retrospective was organized the year following his death in Paris. In 1976, the Museum Galliéra in Paris presented an exhibition devoted to his drawings and engravings.


Woman at a Window

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
Woman at a Window

Etching
Sheet size: 9 1/8 X 7 1/16 inches
Frame size: 14 1/8 X 12 7/8 inches
FC04042   $300
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7 Heures Place de l’Opera

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
7 Heures Place de l’Opera

Etching, Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right: 1926
Sheet size: 12¾ X 16⅜ inches
Frame size: 20¾ X 19¼ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06191   $1,900
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Avenue du Bois

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
Avenue du Bois

Etching. Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right: 1926
Sheet size: 16⅜ X 12¾ inches
Frame size: 21¼ X 19¼ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06197   $1,900
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La Boxe à la Fourmi

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
La Boxe à la Fourmi

Etching.Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right: 1926
Sheet size: 12¾ X 16⅜ inches
Frame size: 19½ X 20¾inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06193   $1,900
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L’Aperitif, Place Blanche

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
L’Aperitif, Place Blanche

Etching. Etching Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right: 1926
Sheet size: 12¾X 16⅜ inches
Frame size: 19¾ X 20¼ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06196   $1,900
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Les Grands Magazins

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
Les Grands Magazins

Etching, Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right 1926
Sheet size: 16⅜ X 12¾ inches
Frame size: 21¼ X 19¼ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06194   $1,900
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Midi

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
Midi

Etching. Etching Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right 1926
Sheet size: 12¾ X 16⅜ inches
Frame size: 20¼ X 20¾ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06185   $1,900
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Rue Le Pic

Chas Laborde 1886-1941
Rue Le Pic

Etching, Number 21 from an edition of 25
Signed in pencil and dated, lower right 1926
Sheet size: 12¾ X 16⅜inches
Frame size: 20¼ X 19¼ inches
Untrimmed full sheet in excellent condition
FC06192   $1,900
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