1890 8 Ft Stone Litho Original Cheret Elysee Montmartre
This is an original rare Cheret lithograph from 1890. It is huge in scale. Cheret designed the print to promote a theatrical venue for the Elysee Montmartre, one of the most elegant dance halls that Parisians frequented in the late 1800s. In his classic gorgeous color, the artist has portrayed a free-spirited young woman and a happy clown. One of Cheret's assets as an artist was the way his gestural drawings gave his figures motion; there is a swing and a rhythm in his characters that sweeps us right along with them. They seem to live in the moment, carefree and bound for pleasure alone. The winning bidder will enjoy this symphony of color brilliantly orchestrated by Cheret! * * * * In the late 1800s, large-scale lithographic posters had to be printed on separate pieces of paper if the image size exceeded the press size. This image is composed of two sheets. The framers have aligned them with precision. Also, the poster has been backed with linen canvas. There is a slight vertical fold (see picture) * * * . * Artist: Jules Cheret * Title: "Elysee Montmartre" * Medium: Color Lithograph * Date: 1890 * Image size: 31 ¾ by 96 inches * Frame size: 41 ¼ by 101 ¼ inches * Condition of the image: Very good for a poster of this age and size. * Condition of the frame: Excellent * Certificate of Authenticity issued by Midwest Estate Buyers * * * Jules Cheret, 1836-1932, was born in Paris to a poor but creative family of artisans. At age thirteen, he began a three-year apprenticeship with a lithographer. After extensive training, he began creating vivid advertisement posters for cabarets, music halls, and theaters such as the Moulin Rouge. He first saw enormous lithograph posters at a World's Fair during the 1850s, and immediately recognized their artistic potential. * * * * French culture promoted poster art. Rapidly growing cities, expanded commerce and industry created new wealth among a large number of people. Cheret, the "father of the poster," elevated the medium of lithography, traditionally used primarily for the creation of books, to an artform. Cheret designed over 1000 posters, and contributed greatly to the "explosion of advertising." Cheret's skill with the medium influenced the styles of many artists, including Toulouse Lautrec. * * * * This rare poster is not a reproduction of a drawing or painting that already existed; this is a truly original creation by Cheret. It is a much-sought after work of art, and would highlight any collection.