1897 Original French Art Nouveau Poster, Les Programmes Illustre, Cover - Guillaume

Date: 1897
Size:  9.25 x 12.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Small, Lithograph
Artist: Guillaume

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About The Poster:    A color plate from an exquisite book called Les Programmes Illustres by Ernest Maindron and published in 1897, by Librairie Nilsson-Per Lamm, Paris. Purchased at auction, this book is filled with the most unbelievably detailed and remarkable works of art we have seen... Granted, we are biased and very moved by works from this period, but truly, these are gems in remarkable, mint condition and more than 100 years old. The auction catalog reads: " 'I often ask myself what they, the curious of the year 2000, will think of us, whom we are cut off from by a century of dreadful events; them, knowing that which we don't yet know and that we nearly suspect, what will they say of our old frivolity with all that has passed? Won't they pity us, like we today have pity for the aristocratic society whose ancient prints we refer to with carelessness and levity?' Thus mused Pierre Veber in his prefacing comments for the Programmes Illustres, a hardcover compendium of some of the most beautiful menus, invitations, business cards and announcements of the Belle Epoque. Little could he have known how off the mark his thoughts were ..." (Rennert) Each sheet is 9.25 x 12.5 inches, and the images on the sheet vary - this one, Guillaume (first name unknown), was a cover for the Programmes Illustres and uses some of the best techniques of the time - color, semi-naked women, and text - to get the message across. It was used more than once, which explains why we have more than one copy.