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.
Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931) was a French painter and printmaker known for his ties to the Surrealist movement in Paris. Notably, Forain was one of the most prolific caricature artists of the Belle Epoque with publications in now-historic magazines such as Le Figaro and Le Courrier Francais. This horizontal poster for the second cycle fair (Deuxieme Salon Du Cycle) shows two women riding on bicycles set against a minimal backdrop, with the bordered text on the lower left-hand portion of the work reading, "Palace of Industry."
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 very good condition with some slight browning along the edges. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters