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 and 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.
In this image, the artist Josef Rudolf Witzel (1867 – 1924) promotes the important German arts magazine, Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration (German Art and Decoration). The magazine ran from 1897- 1935 and took its cue from the Viennese Secession movement - seeking to eliminate the distinction between decorative and fine arts, and artist and craftsman. This movement yielded important artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele and later evolved into the Bauhaus movement.
This is an original vintage poster, not a reproduction. This poster is on heavyweight paper, and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.