C1897

Cycles Gladiator.

Artist:

Misti (Ferdinand Miflienz) (1865 - 1923)

This crackling scamp and his charming blond moll are having a great time outrunning an enraged gendarme on their Gladiators. Whatever the offence they may have committed, the chances of this Gauloise Bonnie and Clyde being caught are very slim. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Cycles Gladiator.

Date:

C1897

Artist:

Misti (Ferdinand Miflienz) (1865 - 1923)

Engraver:

Imprimerie Chaix 

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Cycles Gladiator. - Antique Print from 1897

Genuine antique
dated:

1897

Description:

This crackling scamp and his charming blond moll are having a great time outrunning an enraged gendarme on their Gladiators. Whatever the offence they may have committed, the chances of this Gauloise Bonnie and Clyde being caught are very slim.

Reference: (Rennert, PAI-XXIX, 75

The series Les Maitres de l’Affiche (The Masters of the Poster ) took five years to produce from 1895 to 1900.

It is one of the most prestigious and influential art publications in history. This series features the most outstanding posters of the late 19th century when the medium  was only used for commercial advertising.  During the 19th century the poster celebrated its golden era under the hands of famous artist such as, Cheret, Toulouse Lautrec, Mucha and Steinlen. They elevated the poster from a commercial medium to innovative art form. By  the 1890s, the streets of every great metropolis were enlivened  by large, colourful posters. The poster had not only caught the eye of the public, but it’s best examples were already being regarded as works of art, to be exhibited, reviewed in journals and collected. 

In  1895, the Imprimerie Chaix firm published reduced chromolithographic versions of over 200 the best posters of the period by more than 90 great artists. This Chaix publication Les Maitres de l’Affiche, was issued as separate numbered lithographs, every month for 60 months from 1895 to 1900.

Of the 97 artists represented all were prominent artists of the day.

Each lithograph was issued with an embossed seal at the lower right marking its authenticity.

Biography:

Misti (Ferdinand Miflienz) (1865-1923)

French painter, poster artist, lithographer and illustrator. A graduate of the School of Decorative Arts, Ferdinand Mifliez took the artistic name of  “Misti” in 1888 and signed all his graphic works with it.

In 1906, he became a member of the brotherhood of artists Le Cornet and participated in their demonstrations until his death: the essayist Charles Péchard left us a biographical note on Misti, one of the few in his lifetime. He is described as a musician and pianist, and illustrated musical cabaret collections, scores and menus.

 

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