[Wall size poster] Musée Grevin, Théatre les Fantoches de John Hewelt

$A 6,500

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[Wall size poster] Musée Grevin, Théatre les Fantoches de John Hewelt




In good condition. Laid on archival linen.


Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

x 1150mm

Paper Size: 

x 1250mm


Very large wall sized vintage poster by Jules Cheret for the Musée Grevin, a wax museum which opened in 1882 and used this very popular design to advertise puppet shows and other spectacles. The Musée Grévin still exists and is located on the Grands Boulevards in the 9th arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine, at 10, Boulevard Montmartre, Paris, France.  It was founded in 1882 by Arthur Meyer, a journalist for Le Gaulois, on the model of Madame Tussauds founded in London in 1835 and named after its first artistic director, caricaturist Alfred Grévin. It is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe.

References: Broido, The Posters of Jules Cheret, Catalogue Raisonne. 1981

National Gallery Australia: Accession no NGA 80.4032

Juels Cheret (1836 - 1932)

Jules Cheret (1836-1932) French painter and lithographer who became known as a master of Belle Époque poster art and is recognised as the ‘father of the modern poster.’ Born in Paris to a poor but creative family of artisans. At the of age thirteen, he began a three-year apprenticeship with a lithographer and then his interest in painting led him to take an art course at the Ecole Nationale de Dessin. From 1859 to 1866, he trained in lithography in London and on returning to France, created vivid poster ads for the cabarets, music halls, and theatres such as the Eldorado, the Olympia, the Folies Bergere, Theatre de l’Opera, the Alcazar d’Ete and the Moulin Rouge. In 1895, Cheret created the series Maitres de l’Affiche, a collection of reduced posters of ninety-seven Parisian artists. This series was pivotal in the reassessment of posters being seen as merely advertising works but viewed for the first time as works of art. His success inspired an industry that saw the emergence of a new generation of poster designers and painters such as Charles Gesmar and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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