Count Regley de Koenigsegg (1823 – 1904) Miniature Poster Watercolors

Count Regley de Koenigsegg was born in Paris in 1823 and began a military career in the French navy in 1839 at age 16.  After three decades of service, in which he served in North Africa, Italy and Germany, he retired with the rank of Brigadier General and Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur.

Divan Japonais after Toulouse Lautrec

Les Cycles "Michaux" after Theo Bloth

Koenigsegg had done drawing and some printmaking in the early 1850’s but, after his retirement in 1885, began this series of miniature paintings in ink and watercolor.  They are miniaturized versions of late 19th century French posters.  Many are by identifiable poster artists of the time (Cheret, Lautrec, Rhead, etc.) but many others were posters done as advertising for regional products, travel agencies, spas, bicycle manufacturers, beverages, etc. and, in many cases, may be the only documentation of these designs.

Amidon E. Verley

The watercolors, which are not signed, are meticulously detailed, often requiring a single hair brush.   They are painted on a fine wove paper and tipped on to a coarse, somewhat acidic support paper on which he has often written the name of the original poster artist (i.e.: “d’Apres Grün) in ink.  The original group constituted over 400 images, bound into a number of linen notebooks, which had not been exposed to light and have retained their vibrant colors.
Koenigsegg died in 1904.  More of his work can be found on our website at: http://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory?page=1&q=koenig

Folies Bergére after Maurice Milliere

La Légère Rapide / New Home

Plus de Pneux Crevés! after Gilbaer

About Annex Galleries

The Annex Galleries holds one of the largest original fine print inventories on the West Coast. With over 9,000 works, we specialize in (but are not limited to) original prints of the WPA era, Arts & Crafts movement, and Abstract Expressionism through the 1960's, with a focus on American and Californian artists both known and unknown. We have everything from Durer to Baumann to Picasso.
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