Maitres de L'Affiche - Year 1896

Size: 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches - Original Lithographs
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Jules Cheret
Job
Plate No.1
Price: $499
Print Code: Pomai001

Toulouse-Lautrec
Divan Japonais
Plate No.2
Price: $5500
Print Code: Pomai002

Julius Price
An Artist Model
Plate No.3
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai003

Dudley Hardy
A Gaiety Girl
Plate No.4
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai004

Jules Cheret
Punch Grassot
Plate No.5
Price: $399
Print Code: Pomai005

H.G. Ibels
L'Escarmouche
Plate No.6
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai006

Georges Meunier
Cavour Cigars
Plate No.7
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai007

Louis Rhead
The Sun
Plate No.8
Price: $550
Print Code: Pomai008

Jules Cheret
Carnaval 1896
Plate No.9
Price: $800
Print Code: Pomai009

De Feure
Exposition d'Art
Plate No.10
Price: $350
Print Code: Pomai010

Lucien Lefevre
Cacao Lacte
Plate No.11
Price: $350
Print Code: Pomai011

Jules Cheret
Saxoleine
Plate No.13
Price: $450
Print Code: Pomai013

Willette
L'Enfant Prodigue
Plate No.14
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai014

Cazals
Expo Salon des Cents
Plate No.15
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai015

Beggarstaff
Harper's Magazine
Plate No.16
Price: $350
Print Code: Pomai016

Jules Cheret
Palais de Glace
Plate No.17
Price: $800
Print Code: Pomai017

Eugene Grasset
A la Place Clichy
Plate No.18
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai018

Ferdinand Bac
Yvette Guilbert
Plate No.19
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai019

Edward Penfield
Harper's Magazine
Plate No.20
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai020

Jules Cheret
L'Arc-en-Ciel
Plate No.21
Price: $450
Print Code: Pomai021

Lucien Metivet
Eugenie Buffet
Plate No.22
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai022

Maurice Realier-Dumas
Incandescence Gaz
Plate No.23
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai023

Greiffenhagen
Pall Mall Budget
Plate No.24
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai024

Jules Cheret
Lidia
Plate No.25
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai025

Boutet de Monvel
Pate Dentifrice Dr.Pierre
Plate No.26
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai026

Alphonse Mucha
Gismonda
Plate No.27
Price: $4500
Print Code: Pomai027

Duyck & Crespin
Ferme de Frahinfaz
Plate No.28
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai028

Jules Cheret
Quinquina Dubonnet
Plate No.29
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai029

Guillaume
Gigolette
Plate No.30
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai030

Georges Meunier
Normandie et Bretagne
Plate No.31
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai031

Charles H. Woodbury
The Century Magazine
Plate No.32
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai032

Jules Cheret
Theatrophone
Plate No.33
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai033

Steinlen
Helle
Plate No.34
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai034

Pal
Grand ballet Brighton
Plate No.35
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai035

Arthur W. Dow
Modern Art
Plate No.36
Price: $900
Print Code: Pomai036

Jules Cheret
Les Coulisses de l'Opera
Plate No.37
Price: $700
Print Code: Pomai037

Pierre Bonnard
Revue Blanche
Plate No.38
Price: $550
Print Code: Pomai038

Gaston Noury
Pour les pauvres
Plate No.39
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai039

Henri Meunier
Concerts Ysaye
Plate No.40
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai040

Jules Cheret
Pantomimes lumineuses
Plate No.41
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai041

Eugene Grasset
Librairie Romantique
Plate No.42
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai042

Willette
Cacao Van Houten
Plate No.43
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai043

William Carqueville
Lippincott's Magazine
Plate No.44
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai044

Jules Cheret
L'Amant des Danseuses
Plate No.45
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai045

Steinlen
Mothu et Doria
Plate No.46
Price: $500
Print Code: Pomai046

Firmin Bouisset
Chocolat Menier
Plate No.47
Price: $600
Print Code: Pomai047

Dudley Hardy
The Chieftain
Plate No.48
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai048

The "Les Maitres de l'Affiche" series was offered as a subscription series to collectors.
Every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900, subscribers received by mail, 4 loose sheets (Maitres) with a cover sheet. It was sold in Paris for 2.50 francs for one month's subscription, (4 Maitres) and for 27 francs for 12 months (48 maitres), plus special (bonus) plates. Maitre's were never issued in a book form, but a binding of the 12 months Maitres was offered to subscribers, at the end of the year, with a beautiful hardcover design by Paul Berthon for 8 Francs.

The "Maitres de l'Affiche," were issued as separate numbered sheets, referred to as "plates" (PL). They were numbered, with the printers name "Imprimerie Chaix," in the margin at the bottom left hand corner, "PL.1" to "PL.240." In the margin at the bottom right hand corner of each, is a blind embossed stamp from a design of Cheret's.
Each overall plate measures approximately 11 3/8 in. x 15 3/4 inches. (29 cm x 40 cm).

In addition to the 240 posters, Special plates (or bonus plates) were issued to subscribers.
There were a total of 16 Special plates, which were sent over the five years, each December, each June, and March and September of the final three years.
These were not posters, but unique original lithographs done exclusively for the "Maitres de l'Affiche" series.
Jules Cheret was the artistic director of the "Imprimerie Chaix. "He dominated the series, with one in every four Maitres by him, the first in each monthly instalment, and 7 of the Special plates, a total of 67. With over 1000 poster designs to his credit, his large representation in the series is justified, although some critics have pointed out that, as the artistic director, he may have been biased towards selecting his own work.
"Of the other 96 artists represented in "Les Maitres de l'Affiche, some were pre-eminent painters and printmakers at various stages of their careers: Toulouse-Lautrec, Denis, Bonnard. Others were famous illustrators and cartoonists of the period, still well known to art collectors, including Forain, Caran d'Ache, Ibels, Boutet de Monvel, Leandre.
But there were also all those whose names say 'poster,' the conquering pioneers of the new medium including, Cheret himself, Mucha, Steinlen, Beggarstaffs, Grasset, Penfield, Parrish, Bradley, hardy… the list could go on and on." (Appelbaum p.iii)