La Musique

Jules Chéret
La Musique
pastel
1891

An original hand-signed Jules Chéret pastel drawing.

1891

Original pastel drawing on wove paper

Signed lower right Chéret

This drawing is a preparatory study for the decorative panel lithograph of the same title (see Broido no. 61, pl. 3).

54 x 28 inches

Chéret’s series of four decorative arts panels known as The Arts are veritable “triumphs of color printing” (see Abdy, p. 31). They are “neither prints nor posters, but which contain a bit of both . . . There is nothing to say about these designs other than that they are perfect” (see Maindron, pp. 178-79). Being freed from having to sell a product, Chéret let his imagination soar – and these light-footed nymphs are the first clear examples of what was to adorn the walls of Paris for the next decade: the unabashedly hedonistic, carefree spirits that became known as “Chérettes.” This pastel is a preparatory study for the panel “La Musique” from The Arts.

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