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.
The British artist, Dudley Hardy (1866-1922) created this image to promote the weekly magazine To-Day. Hardy was a classically trained artist who was educated in painting in Germany, France, and England. Many of his paintings were well received and are represented in museums and private collections. He also created a small group of posters in the late 1800’s of which this is one.
To-Day Magazine was a British imprint which ran from 1893 - 1905. It dates from a time when "today" was hyphenated as two words; it was not until the 1920s that the phrase began to be spelled as one word.
This is an original vintage print, not a reproduction. This poster is on heavyweight paper, and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.