In belle epoch France, posters were used to advertise everything from goods and services to exhibitions and magazines. The result was an all-out poster craze, with collectors putting aside images by favored artists, advertisements for beloved performers and just beautiful works of art.
In a self-referential twist, Swann Galleries' upcoming auction of Vintage Posters features select images promoting the process of lithography and other forms of printing themselves.
|Lot 41 is F. Hugo D'Alesi's design for an exhibition celebrating the first 100 years of lithography, 1895. |
|Lot 48 is Pierre Bonnard's advertisement for an exhibition launching Ambroise Vollard's portfolio, L'Album des Peintres Graveurs, which established him as one of the finest, most influential printers in Paris.|
Lot 67 is Ferdinand Louis Gottlob's poster for the second Les Peintres Lithographes exhibition, 1898.
Lot 71 is Jules-Alexandre Grun's Société des Peintres-Lithographes, 1901.
Labels: Art Nouveau, art nouveau posters, F. Hugo D'Alesi, Ferdinand Louis Gottlob, Jules-Alexandre Grun, lithography, Nicholas Lowry, Pierre Bonnard, printing, Vintage Posters