Size: 9.25 x 12.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Small, Lithograph
Artist: Willette, Adolphe
About The Poster:
A color plate from an exquisite book called Les Programmes Illustres, by Ernest Maindron, published in 1897, by Librairie Nilsson-Per Lamm, Paris purchased at auction, and filled with the most unbelievably detailed and remarkable works of art we have seen... granted we are biased and truly moved by works from this period, by 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, by Roedel, showing - we think, either a topless poster dealer (I usually wear a shirt) or a topless poster buyer (so do my clients), measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches. " Roedel was a caricaturist, illustrator, watercolorist, and lithographer. He aligned himself in Paris with a group of artists of Montemarte such as Willette, Leandre and Caran d'Ache, supplied drawings for Le Courrier français (see PL. 49) and produced posters, mostly for the local cabarets and theatres. When Willette started the magazine 'La Vache Enragee (the angry cow), Roedel contributed several designs. The name of the publication refers to the artists' life: 'manger de la vache enragee' is a French idiom for 'eking out a miserable existence.