LES MAITRES DE L'AFFICHE

LES MAITRES DE L'AFFICHE

Cheret "Casino d'Enghein"

Cheret "Casino d'Enghein"

Jules Cheret "Casino d'Enghien" Plate #129 1890 Ref. #1446 $2,950

Carqueville "Lippincotts May"

Carqueville "Lippincotts May"

William Carqueville "Lippincott's May" Plate #44 1896 Ref. #1494 $1,950

Demonvel "Docteur Pierres"

Demonvel "Docteur Pierres"

Boutet De Monvel "Docteur Pierre's Toothpaste' Plate #26 1894 Ref. #1420 $2,250

Gottlob "Salle du Figaro"

Gottlob "Salle du Figaro"

Fernand Gottlob "Salle du Figaro" Plate #219 1899 Ref. #1431 $1,850

Hardy "A Gaiety Girl"

Hardy "A Gaiety Girl"

Dudley Hardy "A Gaiety Girl" Plate #4 1896 Ref. #1611 $1,595

Fischer "Exhibition of Wilh. Soborg"

Fischer "Exhibition of Wilh. Soborg"

Paul Fischer "Exhibition of Wilh. Soborg" Plate #84 1897 Ref. #1681

Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Lautrec "Divan Japonais"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "Divan Japonais" Plate #2 1896 $10,500

Moreau-Nelaton "Womans Art"

Moreau-Nelaton "Womans Art"

Etienne Moreau-Nelaton "Second Exhibition for Women's Art" Plate #58 1895 Ref. #1419 $1,695

Witzel "Deutsche Kunst"

Witzel "Deutsche Kunst"

Josef Rudolf Witzel "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration" Plate #164 1898 Ref. #1421 $995

Realier-Dumas "15 Exhibition"

Realier-Dumas "15 Exhibition"

Maurice Realier-Dumas "Society Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture Galerie Georges Petit" Plate #226 1897 Ref. #1424 $1,950

Grasset "Salon des Cent"

Grasset "Salon des Cent"

Eugene Grasset "Salon de Cent" Plate #98 1894 Ref. #1425 $2,950

Ceret "Special Plate 9"

Ceret "Special Plate 9"

Jules Cheret "Original Design for "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" Plate #9 1899 Ref. #1444 $1,995

Grasset "Napoleon"

Grasset "Napoleon"

Eugene Grasset "Napoleon" Plate #126 1898 Ref. #1437 $2,450

Penfield "Harpers May"

Penfield "Harpers May"

Ferdinand Penfield "Harper's Magazine - May" Plate # 115 1896 Ref. #1450 $1,595

Carqueville "August"

Carqueville "August"

William Carqueville "Lippincott's August" Plate #132 1898 Ref. #1494 $1,950

Luce "Mevisto at the Scala"

Luce "Mevisto at the Scala"

Maximilien Luce "Mevisto at the Scala" Plate #139 1891 Ref. #1451 $1,950

Cazals "Salon des Cent"

Cazals "Salon des Cent"

Frederic-Auguste Cazals "Salon des Cents" Plate #15 1895 Ref. #1622 $1,950

Morrow "New Woman"

Morrow "New Woman"

Albert George Morrow "The New Woman" Plate #79 1897 Ref. #1495 $1,695

Ellis "Gay Parisienne"

Ellis "Gay Parisienne"

Hyland Ellis "The Gay Parisienne" Plate #96 1897 Ref. 1497 $1,695

Lautrec "La Chaine Simpson"

Lautrec "La Chaine Simpson"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "La Chaine Simpson" Plate #238 1900 Ref. #1570 $8,500

Cheret "Job"

Cheret "Job"

Jules Cheret "Job: Papier a Cigarettes" Plate #1 1896 Ref. #1608 $2,950

Cheret "L'arc en Ciel"

Cheret "L'arc en Ciel"

Jules Cheret "L'Arc de Ciel" Plate #21 1896 Ref. #1605 $2,950

Price "An Artist's Model"

Price "An Artist's Model"

Julius Price "An Artist's Model" Plate #3 1896 Ref. #1610 $1,595

Cheret "Punch Grassot"

Cheret "Punch Grassot"

Jules Cheret "Punch Grassot" Plate #5 1895 Ref. #1612 $2,950

Ibels "L'Escarmouche"

Ibels "L'Escarmouche"

H. G. Ibels "L'Escarmouche" Plate #6 1896 Ref. #1613 $1,950

Meunier "Cavour Cigars"

Meunier "Cavour Cigars"

Georges Meunier "Cavour Cigars" Plate #7 1896 Ref. #1614 $1,595

Defeure "Salon des Cent"

Defeure "Salon des Cent"

Georges De Feure "Salon des Cent" Plate #10 1894 Ref. #1617 $2,250

Lefevre "Cacao Lacte"

Lefevre "Cacao Lacte"

Lucien Lefevre "Charles Gravier's Cacao Lacte" Plate #11 1896 Ref. #1618 $2,250

Rassenfosse "Grande Brasserie"

Rassenfosse "Grande Brasserie"

Armand Rassenfosse "Grande Brasserie Van Velsen" Plate #12 1896 Ref. #1619 $995

Willette "L'Enfant Prodigue"

Willette "L'Enfant Prodigue"

Adolphe E. Willette "L'Enfant Prodigue" Plate #14 1896 Ref. #1621 $995

Realier-Dumas "Incandescence"

Realier-Dumas "Incandescence"

Maurice Realier-Dumas "L'Icandescence par le Gaz" Plate #23 1896 Ref. #1630 $1,595

Metivet "Eugenie Buffet"

Metivet "Eugenie Buffet"

Lucien Metivet "Eugenie Buffet (Ambassadeurs)" Plate #22 1896 Ref. #1629 $995

Guillaume "Gigolette"

Guillaume "Gigolette"

Meunier "Chemins de Fer"

Meunier "Chemins de Fer"

Georges Meunier "Excursions en Normandie et en Bretagne" Plate #31 1896 Ref. #1638

Meunier "Trianon Concert"

Meunier "Trianon Concert"

Georges Meunier "Trianon Concert" Plate #62 1895 Ref. #1638 $1,595

Pal "Grand Ballet"

Pal "Grand Ballet"

PAL "Grand Ballet Brighton" Plate #35 1896 Ref. #1642 $2,950

Woodbury "The Century"

Woodbury "The Century"

Charles H. Woodbury "The Century Magazine" Plate #32 1896 Ref. #1639 $1,950

Cheret "Les Coulisses de L'Opera"

Cheret "Les Coulisses de L'Opera"

Jules Cheret "Les Coulisses de l'Opera" Plate #37 1896 Ref. #1644 $2,950

Noury "Grandes Fetes"

Noury "Grandes Fetes"

Gaston Noury "Pour le Pauvres de France et de Russie" Plate #39 1896 Ref. # 1646 $995

Willette "Cacao Van Houten"

Willette "Cacao Van Houten"

Adolphe E. Willette "Cacao Van Houten" Plate #43 1896 Ref. #1650 $995

Bonnard "La Revue Blanche"

Bonnard "La Revue Blanche"

Pierre Bonnard "Le Revue Blanche" Plate #38 1896 Ref. #1645 $2,250

Cheret "Pantomimes Lumineuses"

Cheret "Pantomimes Lumineuses"

Jules Cheret "Pantomimes Lumineuses" Plate #41 1896 Ref. #1648 $2,950

Cheret "Lamant des Danseuses"

Cheret "Lamant des Danseuses"

Jules Cheret "L'Amant des Danseuses" Plate #45 1896 Ref. #1652 $1,950

Cheret "Willette"

Cheret "Willette"

Steinlen "Mothu and Doria"

Steinlen "Mothu and Doria"

Hardy "The Chieftain"

Hardy "The Chieftain"

Dudley Hardy "The Chieftain" Plate #48 1896 Ref. #1655 $1,595

Bradley "When Hearts are Trumps"

Bradley "When Hearts are Trumps"

Will Bradley "When Hearts are Trumps" Plate #52 1897 Ref. #1659 $1,950

"Puvis de Chavanne"

"Puvis de Chavanne"

Puvis de Chavannes "L'Enfance de Sainte Genevieve" Plate # 54 1897 Ref. #1661 $995

Lefevre "Electricine"

Lefevre "Electricine"

Lucien Lefevre "Electricine" Plate #55 1895 Ref. #1662 $1,950

Donnay "International"

Donnay "International"

Auguste Donnay "Concours International de Chant, a Liege" Plate #59 1897 Ref. 1666 $995

Cheret "Theatre de L'Opera"

Cheret "Theatre de L'Opera"

Jules Cheret "Ier. Great Bal Masque" Plate #57 1896 Ref. #1664 $2,950

Cheret "Paris Courses"

Cheret "Paris Courses"

Sattler "Pan"

Sattler "Pan"

Joseph Sattler "Pan" Plate #67 1897 Ref. #1674 $1,595

Dalesi "Centennial"

Dalesi "Centennial"

F. Hugo D'Alesi "Centenaire de la Lithographie" Plate # 66 1897 Ref. 1673 $1,595

Schwabe "Rose Croix"

Schwabe "Rose Croix"

Carloz Schwabe "Salon de la Rose + Croix" Plate #74 1897 Ref. #1681 $1,595

Gausson "Figaro"

Gausson "Figaro"

Leo Gausson "Figaro" Plate #71 1897 Ref. #1678 $1,595

Stowell "George Humphreys"

Stowell "George Humphreys"

Louise M. Stowell "George Humphrey's Bookstore" Plate #1683 1897 Ref. #1683 $1,950

Cheret "Vin Mariani"

Cheret "Vin Mariani"

Ibels "Mevisto"

Ibels "Mevisto"

Toussaint "Le Sillon"

Toussaint "Le Sillon"

Fernand Toussaint "Le Sillon" Plate #80 1897 Ref. 1687 $1,950

Cheret "Pan"

Cheret "Pan"

Jules Cheret "Pan" Plate #81 1875 Ref. #1688 $1,950

Lautrec "La Revue Blanche"

Lautrec "La Revue Blanche"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec "La Revue Blanche" Plate #82 1897 Ref. #1689 $10,500

Fischer "Wilhelm"

Fischer "Wilhelm"

Cheret "Redoute des Etudiants"

Cheret "Redoute des Etudiants"

Jules Cheret "Redoute des Etudiants" Plate #85 1897 Ref. #1692 $2,950

Misti "Cycles Gladiator"

Misti "Cycles Gladiator"

Ferdinand Mifliez Misti "Cycles Gladiator" Plate #86 1897 Ref. #1693 $1,595

Hazenplug "Living Posters"

Hazenplug "Living Posters"

Frank Hazenplug "Lining Posters" Plate #87 1897 Ref. # 1694 $995

Privat "Livemont Casino"

Privat "Livemont Casino"

Cheret "Fete de Charite"

Cheret "Fete de Charite"

Hardy "Abbott"

Hardy "Abbott"

Dudley Hardy "Abbotts Phit-Eesi" Plate # 92 1896 Ref. #1699 $1,595

Reed "Miss T"

Reed "Miss T"

Ethel Reed "Miss Traumerei" Plate #99 1898 Ref. 1706 $1,595

Oliva "Tropicuv Salon"

Oliva "Tropicuv Salon"

Vaclav Oliva "Topicuv Salon" Plate #100 1896 Ref. # 1707 $1,595

Cheret "Flower Show at Bagnere"

Cheret "Flower Show at Bagnere"

Jules Cheret "Fete des Fleurs Flower Show at Bagneres de Luchon" Plate #101 1890 Ref. #1708 $2,950

Ibels "Pierrefort"

Ibels "Pierrefort"

H. G. Ibels "Pierrefort" Plate # 102 1897 Ref. #1709 $1,595

Demonvel "La petite"

Demonvel "La petite"

Boutet De Monvel "La Petite Poucette" Plate #106 1898 Ref. #1713 $1,950

Grun "Cafe Riche"

Grun "Cafe Riche"

Jules A. Grun "Cafe Riche" Plate #103 1898 Ref. #1710 $995

Cheret "Quinquina Dubonnet"

Cheret "Quinquina Dubonnet"

Jules Cheret "Quinquina Dubonnet" Plate #109 1898 Ref. #1716 $2,950

Realier-Dumas "Les Mumm"

Realier-Dumas "Les Mumm"

Maurice Realier-Dumas "Mumm's Champagne" Plate #111 1898 Ref. #1718 $1,950

Woodbury "Society of Painters"

Woodbury "Society of Painters"

Charles H. Woodbury "Society of Painters in Watercolor of Holland" Plate #112 1898 Ref. # 1719 $995

Cheret "Emilienne D'Alencon"

Cheret "Emilienne D'Alencon"

Jules Cheret "Emilienne d'Alençon" Plate #113 1898 Ref. #1720 $2,950

Evenepoel "Antwerp"

Evenepoel "Antwerp"

Cheret "Rabelais"

Cheret "Rabelais"

Jules Cheret "Works of Rabelais" Plate #117 1898 Ref. #1724 $1,950

Evenepoel "Antwerp"

Evenepoel "Antwerp"

Henri J.E. Evenepoel "Anvers en son Exposition" Plate #116 1898 Ref. #1723 $1,595

Vallotton "Le Pepiniere"

Vallotton "Le Pepiniere"

F. Vallotton "Ah! la Pe.... la Pe... la Pepiniere" Plate # 119 1898 REF. 1726 $1,950

Hyland "Harpers Magazine"

Hyland "Harpers Magazine"

Fred Hyland "Harper's Magazine" Plate # 120 1898 REF. #1727 $1,595

Cheret "La Diaphane"

Cheret "La Diaphane"

Jules Cheret "La Diaphane" Plate #121 1898 REF. #1728 $2,950

Rehm "Laferme"

Rehm "Laferme"

Reed "Quest of the Golden"

Reed "Quest of the Golden"

Parrish "The Century"

Parrish "The Century"

Maxfield Parrish "The Century Magazine" Plate # 123 1898 REF. #1730 $1,595

Defeure "Jeanne D'Arc"

Defeure "Jeanne D'Arc"

Georges De Feure "A Jeanne d'Arc" Plate #130 1898 REF. #1737 $995

Charpentier "Grande Tuilerie"

Charpentier "Grande Tuilerie"

Alex Charpentier "Grande Tuilerie d'Ivry" Plate #131 1898 REF. # 1738 $1,595

Steinlen "Coupable"

Steinlen "Coupable"

Theophile Steinlen "Le Coupable" Plate #134 1898 REF. #1741 $995

Cheret "Olympia"

Cheret "Olympia"

Jules Cheret "Olympia" Plate #133 1898 REF. #1740 $2,950

Lefevre "Absinthe Mugnier"

Lefevre "Absinthe Mugnier"

Lucien Lefevre "Absinthe Mugnier" Plate # 135 REF. #1742 $1,595

Mucha "Lorenzaccio"

Mucha "Lorenzaccio"

Alphonse Mucha "Lorenzaccio, a play in five acts and an epilogue by Alfred de Museet" Plate #114 1896 Ref #1869 $9,500

Defeure "La Lecture"

Defeure "La Lecture"

Georges De Feure "La Lecture" Plate #8 REF. #1759 $995

Willette "Special Plate"

Willette "Special Plate"

Adolphe Willette "Impatience" Plate #4 REF# 1755 $995

Willette "Champs"

Willette "Champs"

Adolphe Willette "Exposition Internationale des Produits du Commerce" Plate #142 1898 REF. #1749 $995

Denis "La Depeche"

Denis "La Depeche"

Maurice Denis "La Depeche de Toulouse" Plate #140 1898 REF. #1747 $1,595

Ibels "Bodiniere"

Ibels "Bodiniere"

H. G. Ibels "Exposition de H. G. Ibels a la Bodineiere" Plate #1745 REF. #1745 $1,595

Bradley "Chap Book"

Bradley "Chap Book"

Will Bradley "The Chap Book" Plate #136 1898 REF. #1743 $1,595

Les Maîtres de l’Affiche (The Masters of the Poster) refers to one of the most influential art publications in history. The 256 color plates that make up this suite represent a wide-ranging selection of outstanding original prints from the turn of the twentieth century, when this popular art form first reached its peak.
 

By the 1890’s the streets of French cities were enlivened by large, colorful posters. The poster had not only caught the fancy of the public, but its best examples were already being regarded as true works of art (specifically, as fine prints) to be exhibited, reviewed in journals, collected and reproduced in a more manageable form. In the last five years of the 19th century, Imprimerie Chaix was to play a great part in codifying, hallowing and perpetuating the ebullient spirit of the Belle Epoque. It was in those years that Chéret’s print shop published smaller chromolithographic versions (in authentic colors) of over 200 highly regarded posters of the times. These prints were created by more than 90 great artists, each bringing this fabulous period to life for us today. The renowned set of 256 prints were created by Imprimerie Chaix, forever to be known as a set as Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. Each print was rendered as a separate sheet measuring 11 x 15 inches. The set was compiled in a unique way. Every month for 60 months - from December 1895 through November 1900 - subscribers received a wrapper containing four consecutively numbered prints. On 16 occasions (each of the five Decembers, each of the Junes, and the March and September of the final three years) the monthly wrapper also contained a bonus plate, not a poster reproduction but a specially created lithograph. The compilation of this set of original prints makes up the complete suite known as Les Maîtres de l’Affiche.

 

A month’s offerings (four Maitres) could be had at the same price as an original poster by Toulouse-Lautrec, Cheret or the other greats of the poster era, being sold through print dealers at the time.  This is not at all surprising since the larger posters were printed in quantity on ordinary paper and, to boot, the one-time art and plate costs were assumed by the company whose product it advertised; the dealers paid printers only for the overrun they wished to acquire. Hence, we must consider it normal that “Les Maitres de l’Affiche,” specially produced by means of lithography on quality paper, was offered for sale at the price of an original poster. The people did not perceive these two types of products as being in competition. They were infatuated with small prints and with this kind of compilation.

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