Artist: Jules Cheret French (1836-1932)
Title: Palais de Glace / Champs- Elysees
Plate: Palais 02
Original colour stone lithograph
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris.
Courrier Français supplement,
January 28, 1894.
Backed on linen.
Reference: Cheret 477, Broido 365, DFP-II 239
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 14 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in 36.8 cm x 55.24 cm
"In one of the finest images in Cheret's Palais de Glace (Ice Palace, Champs Elysees) series, the skater is in a red and yellow striped dress, all wrapped in furs, and her gentleman friend hovers discreetly in the background. This is Cheret at his charming best! " (Rennert PAI-XV, 213)
"Between 1893 and 1900, Chéret created a multitude of captivating designs for the Palais de Glace, a large skating rink located on the Champs-Elysées. Here, the brightly-dressed beauty, complete with fur stole, balances daintily on one foot as her partner glides her around the ice. This is the Courrier Français supplement from March 1, 1896." (Rennert)
The Palais de Glace ca. 1900
"The achievement of Cheret was to create a world of explosive happiness, and to paste it on the walls of Paris. As a painter he will be remembered for what Huysmans calls his 'spirit of nervous gaiety', as a lithographer for his superb technique, and as a poster artist for being the ancestor of all modern advertising." (Abdy p.36)
"Jules Roques, the owner of the magazine Le Courier Français, was among the most fervent supporters of Chéret's work. At one point, he rented the entire curtain of the Théåtre des Ambassadeurs, one of the biggest music halls in Paris, and covered it from top to bottom with Chéret's posters, with the name of his publication across the top. He regularly published supplements to his magazine, which were smaller versions of posters, most being designs by Chéret. Although smaller than the original printing, they are of equal quality as they were printed by Chaix under the personal direction of Chéret."( Health 6)