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 British artist Dudley Hardy (1866 – 1922) advertises the Strand Theatre in one of the most innovative designs of the period. Hardy plays with the use of positive and negative space, much like Toulouse Lautrec. Only the gentleman’s shoes, shirt, hands, and head are depicted – the rest is a bold, flat black. This push and pull of elements is a hint of the pared down graphics to follow in the works of poster artists such as Leonetto Cappiello.
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.