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.
Theophile Steinlen (1859 – 1923) was one of the most popular poster artists of his era and he was favored for his charming depictions of children and animals in his images. In this image we see the wealthy gentleman offering a light for the cigarette held by the street person . It symbolizes the difference in the layers of society and promotes a presentation by Mothu & Doria of a performance built around this theme.
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.