LA PANTOMIME

Jules Chéret
LA PANTOMIME
Lithograph
c. 1891

An original Jules Chéret Lithograph print.

c. 1891

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove poster paper.

Signed on the stone lower left Chéret.

A superb impression of the definitive state of this rare panel from the small edition of unknown size. One of four panels comprising the series Les Arts. Printed at Imprimerie Chaix (Ateliers Chéret), Paris.

Catalog: Broido 60 Plate 2; Maindron 53; Bargiel/LeMen 76.

47 x 31 1/2 inches

Sheet Size: 47 x 31 1/2 inches

Unlike most of the other highly visible, big-name Art Nouveau artists, Chéret designed very few decorative panels, dedicating his art almost entirely to advertising. In fact he only designed two decorative series, comprising a total of six images: The Arts, in 1891, and La Fileuese and La Denteliere for the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. Maindron considered these panels to be "perfect" and suggested that the concept of "placards decoratifs" (neither prints nor posters, but a combination of both) were in fact invented by Chéret. The Arts was a series of four images representing the muses. In celebrating the muses, Chéret is also celebrating his triumph in mastering color lithography. By 1891 he is at the peak of his talent, playing freely with the composition and fully enjoying the pleasure of drawing. Adding to the unique quality of these panels is the fact that Chéret was able to completely play with the backgrounds, as no lettering had to be added to clutter the image in any way.

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