I'm very aware I have been neglecting this blog. I have quite a few long posts nearly ready, and one of them is on the etcher Pierre Vidal. Vidal is very much a chronicler of the Belle Époque, and one of his books - of which more anon - is entitled La Femme à Paris (text by Octave Uzanne). Now Vidal's work, as you shall shortly see, is fairly realistic, in a post-Impressionist sort of way. But the dustjacket of La Femme à Paris is by another artist, in a completely different contemporary style. The date is 1894.
The style, of course, is Art Nouveau, and the artist is Leon Rudnicki. Resident in Paris, and active in the 1890s, Rudnicki was presumably of Polish extraction. Does anybody know anything more about him?