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 Henri-Gabriel Ibels (1867 - 1936) uses a typical Parisian café scene to advertise the L’Escarmouche (“The Skirmish”), a publication distributed for only three months across 1893 and 1894. Ibels and his colleague Henri de Toulouse Lautrec were the main contributors to this short-lived periodical. The scene shows the growing discontent between the everyday Parisian (in the foreground) and the growing military presence of the army (in the background).
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.