An original design showing a seated woman with fan. This softly handled study
gives us a look at the great skill of the artist, Cheret. Using minimal line to
suggest form and shadow, we are witness to the early beginnings of a poster design.
Subscribers to the Maitre de l'Affiche
series received four special plates annually. These premium original lithographs,
each an original design, were created specifically for this series, and are not
seen in any other format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced versions
of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the
Special Plates (Sp), as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity
and skill. The artist is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise,
and can express himself more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence
of graphic art, with only one or two colours. For many collectors these unique
Special Plates are more desirable than any of the regular plates.