Musée Grevin: Théatre les Fantouches

Jules Chéret
Musée Grevin: Théatre les Fantouches

An original Jules Chéret Lithograph print.


Original lithograph poster printed in colors on wove poster paper.  

Signed and dated on the stone at the center right edge Cheret/1900.  

A superb impression of the definitive state printed after the addition of the poster text to the stone.  Printed at Imprimerie Chaix (Ateliers Chéret).

Catalog: Malhotra 267; Broido 471

Sheet Size: 48 x 34 1/4 inches 

This poster advertised the puppet theater of John Hewitt performed at the Musée Grevin. The Musée Grévin is a Paris original: originally a waxworks founded around 1880 by caricaturist Alfred Grévin, it included a 500 seat auditorium where live performances were given to supplement the meager income Grévin was making from admissions to the museum part of the operation. The theater had mirrored walls, and Chéret painted the ceiling. The presentations included a mix of magic shows, revues and concerts – anything to bring the patrons. What is perhaps most amazing is that the Musée Grévin is still in business.