Artist: Adolph E. Willette French (1857-1926)
Title: Exposition Internationale des Produits du Commerce et de l'Industrie
Plate: PL. 142
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1898.
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
Willette's exceptional drawing skill is demonstrated her in his fanciful rendering of four delightful cherubs pulling a whimsical harp like plow, driven by an angelic creature, clad in only headdress, a flowing slight wrap around her waist and sandals. A fanciful working scene in keeping with the text that advertises the International fair of Commercial and Industrial Products at the Champs de mars.
"The posters great centre of propagation was Montmarte. Willette was one of the quarter's liveliest spirits. He decorated numerous cabarets with frescoes, participated in leading satirical journals, and was one of the first to interest himself in the poster. Like Cheret's, his style is that of the French painters of the eighteenth century…Unlike Cheret however he was no colourist and contented himself with a monochromatic drawing" (Weill pp.42, 43)