Original Vintage French Lithograph from "Les Maîtres de l'Affiche" by Steinlen

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SKU: 352772
Artist/Maker: Steinlen (1859 – 1923)
Year: ca.1900
Condition: Very good. (A-) The poster is sent unframed to save shipping cost (Determining Condition)
Height: 40cm  (15.75in.) Width: 29cm (11.42in.)

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Les Maîtres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) refers to 256 color lithographic plates used to create a very significant art publication during the Belle Époque in Paris. 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. This beautiful lithograph is by Steinlen for Motocycles Comiot, a bicycle manufacturer in Paris. Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), was a Swiss-born French Art Nouveau painter and printmaker. Between 1883 and 1920, he produced hundreds of illustrations, a number of which were done under a pseudonym so as to avoid political problems because of their harsh criticisms of society ills. "The frightened geese fleeing from the newfangled contraption show amusingly what happens when progress intrudes on rustic tranquility: something has got to give. From the set expression on the young rider, it's clear that she's determined to have her way. Steinlen didn't attempt to sell the technical details of the motorcycle; instead he sold an anecdote in graphic terms" (Rennert PAI-XXVII, 53) The poster is sent unframed to save shipping cost

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