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 created by Eugene Grasset (1845 – 1917) we see a mysterious woman in a Carnivale mask reading books from the Librairie Romantique, a series of novels about love. She reads her book by night, the crescent moon illuminating Notre Dame in the background. The quality and exacting detail of the artwork is very much in the style of Grasset. He was born in Switzerland, but was most noted for his creations done in France during the majority of his career. He worked in the field of advertising as well as fine art.
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.