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About the Work
“Second Bicycle Show" (Plate 51) is an original lithograph in colors created by Jean-Louis Forain in 1896 for the Les Maîtres de l'Affiche. The image size: 15 x 7.25- inches. Paper size is 15.75 x 11.25 -inches. The artwork is framed with the latest archival framing techniques, and it is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
About the Artist
“Les Maitres De L’Affiche” (The Masters of the Poster) is a phrase that refers to one of the most prestigious and influential art publications in history. The 256 color plates that make up the suite represent a wide-ranging selection of outstanding original posters from the turn of the twentieth century when this popular art form first reached its peak. Early printed posters were very text-heavy, with relatively few illustrations. After all, they were created to advertise products, and adding an illustration to an advertisement in the mid-1800s was not commonplace. However, during the second half of the nineteenth century, when all types of commercial products were aesthetically upgraded, serious artists began to see the new possibilities in the poster medium. By linking their imagery to modern commerce, the thinking was that each would be enhanced by the value of the other.