Artist of the moment….Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret was a fantastic artist best known for his work with posters. Jules Cheret was born in Paris , France in the year 1836. At the age of thirteen he left school and became an apprentice to a lithographer. He enjoyed drawing and became interested in painting. Eventually he would enroll at the Ecole Nationale de Dessin to study art.

After attending college in France he moved to London, England and lived there from 1859 until 1866. Whilst in England he took up and studied photography.

Upon his return to Paris he was able to earn substantial amounts of money as a commercial artist. Cheret is renown for his work with the great theater companies of France including the Moulin Rouge and the Olympia.

Cheret was also given acclaim for the way he portrayed women in his paintings. Not too sexy, or pure as the untouched snow, but rather empowered and free women. The women he painted where given the name “Cherettes.” Cheret was given the monicker ” The Father of the Women’s Liberation Movement.”

Awarded the Legion d’honneur in 1890.

Part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cheret passed away in 1932 at the age of 96 years old.

Posters are in my eyes limited edition or open edition prints. Many artists I have profiled worked creating posters for movies including Steve Huston, the painter of boxers, and Howard Terpning the master of the western genre. Other artists most renown for their work with posters include David Klein who worked with the old TWA airlines and Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, another french artist who became known for drinking and wonderful posters of the Parisian nightlife including the Moulin Rouge.

Price range information: Posters and lithographs are often found between $500 and $2,000. Originals in oils and pastels range between $5,000 and $30,000.

In this clip we see a great montage of posters from the “father” of the modern poster.



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