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Artist: Jules Cheret French (1836-1932)
Plate: AL.13
Title: Scaramouche
Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Affiches Illustrees" series,
limited printing of 1025. Printed by
Imprimere Chaix, Paris, 1896.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Affiches Sheet Size: 8 3/4 in x 12 1/4 in
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"Successor to the Palace Theatre at 15 rue Blanche, the Nouveau Theatre opened on October 17, 1891 at the same address, adjoining the dance hall and cafe-concert of the Casino de Paris. To inaugurate the stage, the owner (they were also both producers and directors in those days) chose Scaramouche, starring the delicious red-haired mime Felicia Mallet. For this pantomime about a commedia del l'arte-type scamp, Cheret departs from his usual depictions of women in decolletage to show the performer in her covered-up harlequin costume. " (Rennert, PAI-XXXVII)

"Cheret's earliest known poster, dated 1858, is for the theatre, and from there he went on to prepare some 500 posters for various theatres, cabarets, music-halls, individual performers and shows of every description. The Folies-Bergere was one of his frequent clients for three decades (60 posters) and so were the Alcazar, the Ambassadeurs, the Moulin Rouge, the Hippodrome and the Musee Grevin. Some of his happiest and most popular designs are in this category. He could exercise his uncanny ability to capture the dynamics of the stage in the movement of dancers, mimes and acrobats" (Rennert, PAI-VII)

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