Although lithography was invented in 1798, it was at first too slow and expensive for poster production. Most posters were wood or metal engravings with little color or design.
This all changed with Jules Cheret. Called the father of modern poster he invented “3 stone lithographic process” in the 1880s, a breakthrough which allowed artists to achieve every color in the rainbow with as little as three stones – usually red, yellow and blue – printed in careful registration. An extremely gifted artist as well, Cheret created more than 1000 posters over a 30 year career. Most of them advertised cabarets, theatre plays, alcohol, cigarettes… everything we need to be in mood for a crazy New Year’s party!
Here they are – ten 19th century party posters that will make you feel like dancing, created by geniuses of 1890s – Cheret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and many others. Enjoy!
1. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Confetti
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Confetti, 1894, Metropolitan Museum of Art
2. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1893, Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, 1891, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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