Artist: Jules Cheret French (1836-1932)
Title: Les Coulisses de l'Opera
Plate: PL. 37
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1896.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Full size sold for $ 9,775 US Poster Auctions International, NY Nov 2006
"Perhaps the most famous dance poster of the period. Certainly Cheret's very best and a personal favorite of mine, from Cheret" Greg Yaneff
"For the show 'Backstage at the Opera' at the Grevin Museum, we observe a bevy of enchantresses practicing their dance steps, their movements caught so vividly we can practically feel the whiff of air stirred up by their pirouettes. This is one of Cheret's masterpieces. The place where shows like this were held is a Paris original: originally a waxworks founded around 1880 by caricaturist Alfred Grevin, it included a 500 seat auditorium were live performances were given to supplement the meagre income Grevin was making from the museum part of the operation. The theatre had mirrored walls, and Cheret himself painted the ceiling. The presentations included a mix of magic shows, revues and concerts, anything to bring in the patrons. What's perhaps most amazing is that the place is still in business and still uses the same approach of museum (22 tableaux from the Belle Epoque) and live entertainment" (Rennert, PAI-XXXII, 253)