Leçons de Violon

Original price was: $1,900.Current price is: $600.

Paul Berthon
Leçons de Violon
July 1899

(Violin Lessons)

July 1899

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper.

Signed and dated on the stone lower right PAUL BERTHON.98.

A superb impression of the definitive state from the edition on this paper (there was also a small edition printed on Japan paper). Transcribed from Berthon’s’s 1898 poster of the same title by artisans at Atelier Chéret and issued as plate 175 (of 256) in the series Le Maîtres de l’Affiche, bearing the blindstamp of the program (Lugt 1777c) in the sheet lower right. Published by Jules Chéret: printed at Impremiere Chaix (Atelier Chéret), Paris

Catalog: Masters of the Poster pl. 175.

Size Image: 9 1/8 x 11 11/16 inches

Sheet Size: 10 3/4 x 15 7/16 inches

“An advertisement for a violin teacher, a young woman with her head leaning gently on a violin she is playing. Here again we have a country scene as a background (as in most of his posters), with trees breaking the perspective. Her dress is of a greenish tint with Byzantine ornamentations, and her hair falls down gracefully over her right shoulder. The general colouring is very soft, almost in one shade, but very artistic, and the composition is well-conceived” (The Poster, July 1898 p.68)
“Berthon took the imagery developed by Grasset and transformed it, creating a small but characteristic body of work which epitomises the Art Nouveau style on paper” (Berthon & Grasset, p.8)