Artist: T. A. Steinlen Swiss (1859-1923)
Title: Three Women
Plate: SPPL. 10
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1899.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $350.00 Rare
An original design by the great Steinlen, whose eye for everyday scenes on the sidewalks of Paris was unequalled. Here we have three young ladies, in working class attire, chatting intently as they walk arm in arm down a gobble-stoned street of Paris. His masterful drawings, hundreds of which were seen in publications across France including Gill Blas and Le Rire, demonstrate to us why he was considered one of the great draughtsmen among poster artists. Charles Matlack Price writes "An almost unerring excellence and accuracy of proportion are unconsciously felt in even his most fragmented sketches" (C. Matlack Price, p.70)
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.