Date: c. 1899
Size: 36 x 50 inches
Notes: Poster, linen backed, oversized
Artist: Misti (Ferdinand Mifliez)
A poster that says much about the emancipation of women - the bicycle gave many women their first taste of freedom.
Ferdinand Mifliez (also known as Misti) 1865-1922 was born, raised and educated in Paris, and depicted Parisian life flawlessly. He was first trained as an industrial designer and was influenced to make posters while working at the Chaix printing house. He changed his name from Mifliez to Misti after graduating from the School of Decorative Arts (an Art Deco school) in 1888. He was a passionate man who was also a talented composer and pianist but was primarily known as an engraver, lithographer and illustrator of his favorite theme: beautiful Parisian women. Two of his most famous works are included in Les Maitres de L’Affiche. He made his first poster in 1893 and later became one of the busiest posterists of his time, following in the footsteps of his mentor, Jules Cheret. Misti created many of his posters for Paris's major department stores and modes of transport such as cycles and automobiles. His works were hung in Salons throughout Paris, among the Humorist galleries and at the Societe des Artistes Francais, from which he received an award in 1907. He's famous for his direct and explicit style and bold use of line and color, all innovations that continue to influence the artists of today.