Artist: Georges De Feure French (1868-1943)
Title: "La Lecture"
Plate: SPPL. 8
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.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
An original design by De Feure, which shows a man reading a book that appears to be glowing in it's own light, which lights his face as well. He seems to be standing on a bridge, as two nuns approach looking apprehensively at a dog in their path. In the background a soft orange sky above the town's skyline adds to the haunting atmosphere of this moody composition, done in dark tones.
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.