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.
Adolph Willette (1857 - 1926) was a Montmartre based illustrator known for his anti-establishment oriented and oftentimes satirical pastels, drawings and lithographs. This particular lithograph printed in 1896 is an advertisement for "L’Enfant Prodigue" a three act, pantomime musical directed by Michel Carrefils with music by Andre Wormser. The poster was published by E. Biardot.
This is an original vintage poster, not a reproduction. This poster is on heavyweight paper, and is in very good condition, with minor stains at the edges. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.