The rise of poster art coincides with the advent of three-stone chromolithography in the 1860s. Invented by French printer Jules Cheret, this process enabled a wide range of colors to be produced relatively inexpensively from overprinting three colors of ink. Cheret also influenced poster art by incorporating broad areas of rich, flat color inspired by Japanese prints. Although poster advertising arose in Paris, it soon spread to other cities and countries, where distinctive regional styles arose. Poster art also evolved with the times, influenced by a succession of artistic movements: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, De Stijl, Futurism, Bauhaus and Constructivism. With the rise of photography and broadcast media after World War II, the illustrated poster has gradually been relegated to a relatively minor role in advertising art, except in mass transit venues.
We show a selection of posters above. Other posters are shown on our website, including pictorial cartographic posters.
"History of Poster Art (c. 1860-1980)." Encyclopedia of Art. http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/poster-art-history.htm (26 April 2016).
|1||Georges Léonnec (1881-1940) (after)||Etchepare — Anana||French Movie Poster||Jombart Frères, Lille, Asnières-sur-Seine: 1917||Inscriptions: Visa No. 5.234 and artist's monogram and date lower right.||60.5 x 43 inches||French movie poster featuring French actor Pierre Etchepare (1891-1943) as the recurring character Anana in of one a series of movies produced by Grand Films Lordier, Paris. The dapper Etchepare is shown against a simple tan background, laughing and wearing a tuxedo with tails, accessorized with a top hat, white scarf, and opera slippers. The film was produced by Films G. Lordier, Paris. The poster artist, Georges Léonnec, was a prolific illustrator based in Paris who worked as a cartoonist and advertising illustrator for various products and periodicals.||B+/B. Formerly folded, as issued, with minor scattered abrasions along the folds, now flattened as linen backed. Small abrasion, lower margin, will be restored by seller at seller's expense.||etchepare.jpg||etchepare-2.jpg||1500|
|2||Maurice Neumont (1868-1930) (after)||[A La Place Clichy — Étrennes]||Department Store Poster||Etablissement Minot, Paris: 1905||Inscription: Signed and dated in the matrix lower right.||53 x 39 inches||Proof before letters. Poster advertising holiday gifts for the Parisian department store A La Place Clichy, which conducted major outdoor advertising campaigns, especially around Christmas. A little girl hugs a doll and a little boy pops opens his jack-in-the-box at a small dog. The store is in the background. Maurice Neumont was among the French artists who were frequently commissioned by A La Place Clichy to create poster designs. A leading French illustrator and poster artist of the late 19th and early 20th century, Neumont was based in Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and exhibited in the Paris Salon. Neumont is especially remembered for his patriotic World War I posters to rally the public and raise funds for the French war effort. He was also a leader in the arts community — a co-founder of the Paris Société des Dessinateurs Humoristes and of an organization to preserve the distinctive character of Montmartre in Paris, traditionally an artists' neighborhood. In recognition of his lifetime achievements he was honored as a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.||A-/B+. Generally fine with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Linen backed.||clichy.jpg||clichy-2.jpg||3750|
|3||Kap Apelsiner söta saftiga läskande [Cape Oranges: sweet, juicy, refreshing]||Food Advertising Poster||Wezäta, Göteborg, Sweden: 1950s||42 x 30.5 inches||Advertisement for Cape oranges imported from South Africa. A small, smiling African boy holds an oversized luscious orange. He stands on a hill overlooking a tropical valley, with branches of an orange tree hanging over his head.||A-/B+. Generally fine with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Linen backed.||oranges.jpg||oranges-2.jpg||1500|
|4||[Pierrot]||Carnival Poster||C. Burckardt's Nachfolger, Weissenburg, Alsace, France: c. 1880||Inscription: CBN W., lower right.||67 x 28 inches, as framed||Poster showing a grinning Pierrot — a French clown character of pantomime and Commedia dell'Arte. He holds a bottle of Bordeaux and a wine glass spilling its contents and wears the traditional Pierrot costume of loose smock, ruffled collar and a conical hat, and holds a paddle or club under his arm. He is surrounded by an assortment of odd live animals: a parrot is perched on the wine bottle, a bat and a lizard are flying in the air, and a toad and a barking dog are on the ground. Around this odd grouping of animals are the numerous figures of the number eleven preceded by a section symbol: "§11." Burckardt's published a series of posters in this tall, narrow format, each showing an individual character, including a king holding a beer stein, and various clowns or jesters. Another in this series — a witch — also features various mystical animals including an owl, snake, crab, turtle and snail with the main subject in a similar manner to the current offered poster. Around this odd grouping of animals are the numerous figures of the number eleven preceded by a section symbol: "§11." Burckardt's published a series of posters in this tall, narrow format, each showing an individual character, including a king holding a beer stein, and various clowns or jesters. Another in this series — a witch — also features various mystical animals including an owl, snake, crab, turtle and snail with the main subject in a similar manner to the current offered poster.||A-/B+. Generally fine with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Issued as 3 sheets, joined as issued with slight offset to image registration between the joins, now flattened as linen backed. Presented in simple light wood frame.||pierrot.jpg||pierrot-2.jpg||3000|
|5||Bradlay||José Noguéro||French Movie Star Poster||A.F. Gaillard, Paris, Amiens: c. 1940s||Inscription: Signed in matrix, right.||64.75 x 48 inches||Caricature portrait of José Noguéro (1905-1993), a French film and stage actor and comedian. The dapper Noguéro is portrayed smiling and wearing a bow tie. Between 1930 and 1979 he appeared in over 40 films, notably Le Diable boiteux (The Lame Devil) (1948), an historical drama about the life of Talleyrand directed by Sacha Guitry that was initially censored by the French commission set up after World War II. After Guitry appealed the decision it was re-released and became an international success, dubbed into five languages. This poster is inscribed "Visé Censure" next to the publisher's credit, which means it had been reviewed by the censorship commission.||A-/B+. Generally fine with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Few small unobtrusive restored abrasions in margins and along fold lines. Repaired pinholes in corners. Formerly folded, as issued, now flattened as linen backed.||noguero.jpg||noguero-2.jpg||1500|
|6||Marcel Vertès (1895-1961) (after)||Au Palais des Sports, Le Grand Cirque '57||French Circus Poster||Val D'Osne, Paris: 1957||Inscriptions: Signed in matrix "Vertès" upper right. "Imp. Val D'Osne - Ent. 26-32" lower left. Numbered "432" right margin.||41 x 56.5 inches||Circus poster with a bright red border and stars framing a playful illustration of a clown and three white horses. It was designed by Marcel Vertès, a prominent fashion illustrator and designer of costumes, sets and textiles, active from the 1930s through 1950s. Born in Hungary, Vertès divided his time between New York and Paris. He illustrated ads for the couturier Elsa Schiaparelli, and also worked for the major fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Vertès worked as a designer on seven films winning two Academy Awards for the film Moulin Rouge (1952), for Artistic Direction and for Costume Design. In 1956 he designed the costumes and props for the Ringling Brothers' Circus.||B+. Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Formerly folded, as issued, with minor scattered abrasions along the folds; few small unobtrusive restored abrasions and restoration in margins and image; repaired pinholes in corners; now as linen backed.||grandcirque.jpg||grandcirque-2.jpg||3000|
|7||Robin Starch: Fashion Says Starch||Laundry Starch Poster||British: c. 1950s||Inscriptions: "Printed in England." Also "R21P" verso.||59.5 x 39.5 inches||Advertisement for Robin Starch, showing a redheaded woman in a black blouse and pearls holding up a white wedding dress. Robin Starch was a laundry starch introduced in 1890 by the British company Reckitt & Sons and eventually sold worldwide.||B-/C+. Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Few short marginal tears and creases to be professionally restored at expense of seller.||robinstarch.jpg||robinstarch-2.jpg||1000|
|8||Reimann (after)||Brüttiseller Schuhwaaren Bewährtes Schweizerfabrikat [Brüttiseller: Trusted Swiss-Made Footwear]||Swiss Shoe Advertising Poster||Graphische Anstalt J.E. Wolfensberger, Zurich: c. 2nd Quarter, 20th Century||Inscriptions: "Reimann" lower right, publisher's emblem lower left.||49 x 37.5 inches||Poster for shoes made by the Brüttiseller shoe factory in Zurich, showing a single brown shoe with a pink bow. The factory was founded in 1874 as a training institution to give homeless boys a trade. It was separated from the boys' institution in 1882. By the turn of the century it employed about 800 people, and in the 1960s, produced over 800,000 fashionable women's shoes per year. The company closed in 1971.||B+. Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Formerly folded, as issued, with minor scattered restored abrasions along the folds, now flattened as linen backed.||shoe.jpg||shoe-2.jpg||1000|