POSTERS Maitres L'Affiche

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Les Maitres de l'Affiche (The Masters of the Poster) published in 1895-1900 is one of the most prestigious and influential art publications in history. This series features the most outstanding posters of the late 19th century when this popular art form had reached its peak.

During the 19th century the poster celebrated its golden era. Under the hands of Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and Steinlen, the poster attained new-found status as an innovative art form. By the 1890s, the streets of every great metropolis were enlivened by large, colourful posters. The poster had not only caught the eye of the public, but it's best examples were already being regarded as works of art, to be exhibited, reviewed in journals and collected.

In 1895, the Imprimerie Chaix firm published reduced chromolithographic versions of over 200 top-flight posters by more than 90 great artists. This Chaix publication Les Maitres de l'Affiche, was issued as separate numbered lithographs, every month for 60 months from 1895 to 1900. Of the 97 artists represented all were prominent artists of the day. In this collection each lithograph features an embossed seal marking its authenticity.

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