Russia 1880 – France 1949
L'estampe et l'affiche: La gravure aux Salons [The print and the poster: Printmaking in the Salons]
Materials & Technique:
prints, posters, planographic colour lithograph Support: paper
Poster collecting in Paris reached fever pitch in the 1890s. No sooner were posters put up on their hoardings, than they were taken down by collectors. So much so that printers soon began to put aside a proportion of any print run for aficionados.
The 1890s also saw the proliferation of a number of publications devoted to print and poster collecting, publications such as L’Estampe originale [The original print]The print]; L’Estampe moderne [The modern print]; Les Affiches illustrées [The illustrated poster] and Les Maîtres de l’affiche [The masters of the poster]. Many of these included original works as part of their subscriptions.
Others, like André Mellerio’s bi-weekly L’Estampe et l’affiche [The print and the poster] documented prints and posters produced by specific dealers and artists, and put on exhibitions to showcase them. Jean Miscelas Peske’s L’Estampe et l’affiche is one such poster.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra