Artist: Ethel Reed American (1874-1926)
Title: Miss Traumerei
Plate: PL. 99
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
"Since the 'Träumerei' (Dreaming) of the advertised novel's title refers both to Schumann's romantic piano piece and the heroine's penchant for daydreaming, Reed shows her at the piano in a contemplative mood. The flat areas of colour in the design as well as the chrysanthemums jutting up diagonally in the foreground reflect the taste for Japanese style that was characteristic of the period. 'The Poster' magazine of November 1898, declared that 'artistically refined people are in ecstasies with…Miss Trämerei, a charming combination of black, pale cream and yellow' (p.201). Reed was responsible for some of the best American posters produced between 1895 and 1900. (Rennert, PAI-XXXI, 392)
"Like virtually every profession at the time, poster design was a male preserve. That Ethel Reed could rise to become an acknowledged leader among American posterists of the period is a tribute to her artistic superiority and impeccable taste" (Gold p.58)