An original design by Ibels, in which he has chosen a favourite subject, the Showmen.
Expertly drawn, the smiling strongmen appear perfectly at ease on display upon
the stage. A very slight use of red and green make us forget that we are not looking
at a full colour artwork. This is a wonderful example of the genius of Ibels.
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.