La Libre Esthetique

Artist: Théo van Rysselberghe Belgian (1862-1926)

Title: La Libre Esthetique

Plate: PM.16

Description: Condition A.
Original lithograph from the "Das Moderne Plakat" series, View entire collection (50) 
Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat. 
Certificate of Authenticity.

Sheet Size: 9 in x 12 in 23 cm x 30.5 cm

Price: $100.00


Théo Van Rysselberghe was a Belgian neo-impressionist painter who played a pivotal role in European art at the turn of the 19th century.


"Van Rysselberghe exerted a positive force for the revitalization of the decorative art at the turn of the century, but his posters are not numerous. Those he created for 'La Libre Esthetique' are unquestionably the finest. The elegant feminine figures of his posters, very knowingly placed on the page, seem to be the pretext for Van Rysselberghe to balance large spots of red-orange against their greenish or bluish complementaries. The text is beautifully drawn and gracefully integrated into the design of the posters" (Belle Epoque 1970, p.86)


"Estampe et Affiche spoke highly of the 'impressionist painter (who) painted on an azure background, a charming young lady with red hair, whose languid arms and white neck spring from a large, violet dressing gown (1898, p.203). It is an impressively tasteful, delicate design. This is the variation before lettering to the lower right text panel." (Rennert XXXIV-589)