L’affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

Jules Chéret, Folies-Bergère/La Loïe Fuller, 1893

L’affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA - Jun 17-Aug 14

by Matthew Kangas

One of the greatest achievements of the Art Nouveau period (1890-1910) is the elaborate and ingenious poster designed to advertise everything from entertainment venues, cigarette rolling papers and famous actresses to milk. Taking advantage   of new color printing processes, better paper and a bustling world of Parisian commerce, the color lithographs became an exciting new urban sight, called by some a “color revolution.” Artists Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret and Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec are among those featured.

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