Artist: Jules Cheret French (1836-1932)
Title: Fete de Charite au benefice de la Societe de Secours aux Families de Marins naufrages
Plate: PL. 89
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1897.
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
Greg's suggested set with:
"This poster serves as an appeal for the families of French sailors lost at sea; the charity fete was held at the Palais du Trocadero. However, even without the bottom text banner, Cheret's moving scene has a mute appeal that says it all" (Rennet, PAI-XXXVII, 231)
A deeply moving poster, done in sombre tones, that shows a young boy crying out for help from his distraught mother's arms. Behind them another mother and child watch anxiously as rescuers work to save the men from a shipwreck, while the sea rages mercilessly. This design is in stark contrast to the bright dancing beauties we expect from Cheret. Not unlike the master Steinlen, in his compassionate handling of this serious subject (see PL.134).
Text reads, 'Charity ball given at the Tracadero Palace, June 14, 1890, for the benefit of the Aid Society for Families of Shipwrecked Sailors; 87 rue Richelieu (Paris) Founded by Mr. Alfred de Courcy