Two posts ago I wrote about a mystery that was driving me nuts: an artist named Gottaro who I could find zilch information about on the Internet.
A special thanks to Debbie in Norway (aka Daqa Doodles) who brainstormed with me on Gottaro/Gottano/Cottano/Cez Ottaro/Etc. Etc. We were both thinking along the same lines trying to decipher the artist's signature.
Well, I'm so very pleased to announce that the mystery has been solved, sort of.
I say sort of because there still is very little known about this artist but at least I found out what his name is:
Yeah, yeah, once you KNOW his name, then you can make out the E encircled by the very funky B:)
The only reason I'm not embarrassed by the egg on my face is because I found many other postcard sellers who have been calling him "Gottaro" also. Quite by happenstance, I came across the name Bottaro and that led me to my French postcard 'bible': Neudin's Les Meilleures Cartes Postales d'Illustrateurs. From Neudin's, I learned that Bottaro was Italian and most of his art work was produced around 1900-1913 before World War I. Now, online sources say he was born in 1892, no death date given. I don't think the 1892 is accurate unless Mr. Bottaro was an art prodigy.
Anyway, now I have a better idea of Mr. Bottaro's art style and I'm happy to discover that I have more of his postcards than I realized.
A bit of trivia: there is an artist named Bottaro who is famous as a Disney illustrator. I can't help but wonder if Emile could be his father or grandfather ...