Maitre De L’Affiche Plate #135




Maitre De L’Affiche Plate #135
• Category: Les Maitres de L’Affiche
• Artist: Lucien Lefevre / imprimerie Chaix
• Circa: 1898
• Origin: France
• Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 15 1/2 in

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.
The varied selection of prints were sold in packages of four and delivered monthly to subscribers. On sixteen occasions during the selling period between December 1895 through November 1900, the monthly package included a bonus of a specially created lithograph.
Lithographs from this series are some of the best posters of the Belle Epoque. Images by Cheret, Livemont, Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and others became widely popular. At that time, Cheret thought many would enjoy to have best posters from around the world that could be admired in a smaller, more usable format. The series was a huge success and today are highly collectible. Some of the Maitres are often as rare as the original large format posters.