Camille Stefani, "Maitres de l'Affiche" plate 93


Genre: Maitres de L'Affiche
Genre 2: Theatre & Opera
Artist: Jules Cheret
Year Printed: 1896
Artwork Created: 1897
Size: 11.38" x 15.63"
Country of Poster: France
Printer: Chaix (Paris, France)
Restoration Detail: Restored
Condition: Flat
Grade: Very Fine
Condition Detail: This poster has some staining and wear at edges.
Additional Information: Original lithograph printed in colors, This is one of three posters Cheret created for the entertainer Camille Stefani. In all, Cheret designed over 500 posters for theatres, cabarets, music-halls and individual performers. These are considered some of his most popular posters and showcased his ability to capture the dynamics of the stage.

This plate is from the Maitres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) collection one of 256 color lithographic plates delivered to monthly subscribers in sets of four beginning in 1895 and continuing through 1900. The collection was reproduced from the original posters of ninety-seven artists in a smaller 15 3/4 x 11 3/8 inch (40 x 29 cm) format. The individual plates were issued as separate numbered sheet, with the printer's name, "Imprimerie Chaix," in the margin at the bottom left hand corner and blind stamp.

This smaller format and the fact the "Maitres" were a paid subscription allowed the printer to use the latest state-of-the-art printing techniques not normally used in the large format posters. High-quality paper was used, whereas the posters were usually printed on lesser quality newsprint. This explains why the quality of the printing, in the "Maitres de l'Affiche," usually far exceeds that of their larger counterparts.

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