An original Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen lithograph print.
Original lithograph printed in four colors (red, yellow, olive green, black) on two sheets of wove poster paper joined with a horizontal seam at the center.
Signed and dated on the stone lower right Steinlen / 99.
A superb impression of Bargiel & Zagrodzki’s original version of this rare poster (there was also a smaller version). Printed by Impremiere Charles Varneau, Paris, with his credit line on the stone along the left edge.
Catalog: Bargiel & Zagrodzki 36.A.1; Crauzat 506; Malhotra 792.
75 x 50 11/16 inches
Sheet Size: 75 x 53 inches
The frightened geese fleeing from the newfangled contraption show amusingly what happens when progress intrudes on rustic tranquility: something’s got to give. From the set expression on the young rider, it’s clear that she’s determined to have her way. Steinlen didn’t attempt to sell the technical details of the motorcycle; instead he sold an anecdote in graphic terms. This is the larger, two-sheet format.