Maîtres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) refers to 256 color lithographic plates used to create an art publication during the Belle Époque in Paris, France. The collection, reproduced from the original works of ninety-seven artists in a smaller 11 x 15 inch format, was put together by Jules Chéret, the father of poster art and distributed between 1895 – 1900. The varied selection of prints were sold in packages of four and delivered monthly to subscribers. Designed for a subscription audience it showcased the most influential posters of the era in a collectible small format.
Rene Pean (1875-1955) was a painter, illustrator, and a poster artist. He spent a good part of his career working for, and under, the tutelage of Jules Cheret and in the studios of Chaix Printers. His romantic aesthetic was very stylish and pleasing for the era. This is one of several posters Pean created for the Aux Trois Quartiers department store.
Aux Trois Quartiers was a Parisian department store founded in the mid-1800s. This poster advertises a special one-day only event in which Oriental rugs would be sold at the store. Trade routes opened up significantly for travel and trade in the late 1800s, due to the advent of the steam train. Parisians became obsessed with anything from the Far East and Orient (as it was then referred to). This one day event would have surely warranted a special poster to advertise it.
This is an original vintage print, not a reproduction. This poster is on heavyweight paper, and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.