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Ernst Dryden (1887-1938) - Fine Early 20th Century Graphite Drawing, Blue Dress

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A very fine early 20th Century costumier drawing by the artist and costume designer Ernst Dryden (1887-1938), depicting a lady wearing a long blue evening dress. Provenance: Sold at Bonham's as part of a large collection by the artist in 1987. Accompanying this work is a previous Certificate of Authenticity with a short printed biography, possibly from the 1987 sale. Unsigned. On wove.


In very good condition overall, for a picture of this age. Some light surface marks and discolouration, mainly near the edges.


36.3 x 20.8cm (14.3" x 8.2")
Sheet: 49.3 x 32cm (19.4" x 12.6")

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Artist Biography

Viennese designer and artist Ernst Dryden was born in 1887, and studied with Gustav Klimt, later making his name as a poster designer in Berlin. He served in the German Air Force during WWI. After the war, he returned to Vienna to design fashion clothes, and worked as an illustrator for Berlin's fashion magazine. During the 1930's, he ventured to the USA, and worked on costume design for Hollywood blockbuster movies. Dryden was considered always elegantly dressed, and a playboy. The American screenwriter and director called him 'the most elegant man in the world'.

More Information
Code pt871
Artist Ernst Dryden (1887-1938)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 36.3 x 20.8cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Fashion & Costumes
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