Original Lithograph, issued by L'Estampe Moderne Issue Number 2, June 1897. Printed by F. Champenois, Paris. Blindstamp lower right in margin. Signed in the stone lower right. Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat. Certificate of Authenticity. See ourTerms of Sale
Émile Berchmans was one of the first artists from the Walloon region of Belgium to devote himself to posters. He exhibited some of his decorative designs at La Libre Esthetique in 1895, and the following year he started to produce posters, marked by their use of simple lines and flat color planes. (Rennert, PAI)
Émile Berchmans for his part, astonishes with his power and vigour, and his output of posters was considerable…we can be sure to find solid draftsmanship with strong outlines, good sense of composition and accented colours. His most famous successes are of an astonishing modernism... He left us a legacy of strong and vivid images that have survived the passage of time without a wrinkle. (Paris 1900, p.152)
Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.
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