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.
Eugene Grasset (1845 – 1917) was a Swiss decorative artist during the Belle Epoque. Considered a pioneer in Art Nouveau design, and noted for his intricate pattern work, inclusion of precious material in unique combinations, Grasset was featured in many publications of Maîtres de l'Affiche. In this image created for Tres Fetes de Paris (celebrations of Paris), Grasset deftly exemplifies his typical and intricate, art nouveau style best observed through the wavering, tri-color flags in the upper portion of the poster, The golden and red column on the right advertises for a Grand Gala performance at the National Opera on January 26th 1886. The performance, a reenactment of the History of Theatre from antiquity to present day, boasts various theatrical scenes that include decoration, mise-en-scene, costumes, masks, music, choir and stage lighting.
This is an original vintage print, not a reproduction. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our items. This poster is on heavyweight paper, and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.