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 Albert Guillaume (1873 – 1942) depicts a scene from the Theatre de l’Ambigu – Comique’s production of “Gigolette”, a story seemingly about a lady of the night. The Theatre de l’Ambigu – Comique was well established in Paris even at this point, having been first founded in 1769. Guillaume for many exemplifies Belle Époque poster art. His styling and choice of color helped define the movement, along with more well-known counterparts such as Jules Cheret.
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.