C1896

Scala

Artist:

Ferdinand Bac (1859 - 1952)

The German born illustrator, painter and famous landscape garden designer. Bac did few posters, but his series of three, in almost identical format, for Yvette Guilbert are his best. Maindron called them ‘Strong and original designs'(Maindron p.36) Bac was a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Scala

Date:

C1896

Artist:

Ferdinand Bac (1859 - 1952)

Engraver:

Jules Cheret 
(1836 – 
1932)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

160mm 
x 375mm
AUTHENTICITY
Scala - Antique Print from 1896

Genuine antique
dated:

1896

Description:

The German born illustrator, painter and famous landscape garden designer. Bac did few posters, but his series of three, in almost identical format, for Yvette Guilbert are his best. Maindron called them ‘Strong and original designs'(Maindron p.36) Bac was a life-long, intimate friend of Yvettte. She wrote an introduction to his album ‘Femmes de Theatres’. He was one of the few invited guests to her private wedding to Max Schiller in 1897. Yvette is seen here in a full length portrait in profile against a night scene.

Reference: Rennert, PAI-VIII, 232

This poster is from 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.

The lithograph was issued with an embossed seal at the lower right further signifying its authenticity.

Biography:

Ferdinand Bac (1859-1952) 

The German born illustrator, painter and famous landscape garden designer.

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