Monday, 26 September 2016

Belle Époque - part 4

The Belle Époque (the Beautiful Period) in France is conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It was a period characterised by optimism, regional peace and economic prosperity, and of technological, scientific, and cultural innovation. Whilst showing key works from the Belle Epoque, I am including works from the fall-out of the period almost up to World War II, so as to put these works in context.

Artists in the late 1800s found opportunities to present their work to the masses through advertising art that began to appear as billboards and posters, plastering the streets of Paris. “Affiche Artistique” was the term that the French used to describe a poster that contained artistic expression.  The art was so impressive to the public, people began to collect the posters as soon as they went up, which is why they are so scarce today.  

Artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Alfred Choubrac, contributed to the creative body of work that became what some called  “a free museum for the masses”.  The craze for collecting these examples of modern art was even given the name, "affichomanie", meaning “artistic poster mania”.  Collectors today pay hundreds, if not thousands for original prints of these rare posters.

This is part 4 of a 9-part series on art of the Belle Epoque. For more works in the series see parts 1 - 3 also.


HENRY PRIVAT-LIVEMONT ( 1861 - 1936 )

Henry Privat-Livemont was born in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium in 1861. Known mainly as a poster artist, between 1883 and 1889 he worked and studied in the studios of Lemaire, Lavastre and Duvignaud. With Lemaire he created the decor of the Théâtre Français and the Hôtel de Ville, Paris. He later moved back to Brussels and worked on theatres and casinos there.


1890 Ameublement
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1895 Absinthe Robette
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1896 Bec Auer
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1896 Biscuits & Chocolat Delacre
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1896 Cabourg a 5 heures de Paris
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1896 Savon Cristel
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1896c Cercle Artistique de Schaerbeek
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1897 Bitter Original
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1897 International Exhibition Brussels
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1897 La Reforme, Le Masque Anarchiste
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1897 Le Vague (The Wave)
by Henri Privat-Livemont

1897c J. C. Boldoot Eau de Cologne Parfumerie
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

The Scent of a Rose
by Henri Privat-Livemont

1898 Beaux-Arts 6e. Exposition Annuelle
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1898 Cover of The Poster magazine
by Henri Privat-Livemont

1899 Helm Cacao
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1899 Henry à la Pensée, Paris
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1899 Rajah Coffee
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1900 Biscuits de Beukelaer
poster by
 Henri Privat-Livemont

1900 Cacao A. Driessen
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1900 P D Corsets
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1900 Palais de la Femme, Exposition de 1900
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1901 Bols'
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1901 Orfèvrerie Miele & Co.
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1901 The Sculptress
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1901 Untitled
poster design by Henri Privat-Livemont

1902 Michiels Frères Pépiniéristes Architectes de Jardins
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1903 6eme Exposition Internationale de L'Automobile
du Cycle et des Sports
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1903 Automobile Club de France
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1903 Manfacture Royale de Corsets, Bruxells
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

1903 Untitled
poster design by Henri Privat-Livemont

1903 Untitled
poster design by Henri Privat-Livemont

Le Bec Liais
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

Rajah Tea and Coffee
poster by Henri Privat-Livemont

Stained Glass Window in Hotel Saintenoy, Brussels
by Henri Privat-Livemont


JEAN DE PALEOLOGU

Jean de Paleologu ( Paleologue ) ( 1855 - 1942 ) was a Romanian poster artist, painter and illustrator acive in France and the United states. He often signed his work Pal of PAL.

Born in Bucharest, he trained in England, then returned to Romania and attended a military academy, before visiting London again several times and moving to Paris more permanently. He left Paris for the United States in 1900.



1897 Folies-Bergère, La Loïe Fuller
poster by Jean de Paléologu

Folies Bergère, La Loïe Fuller, Tous les Soirs
poster by Jean de Paleologu

Folies-Bergère, La Loïe Fuller
by Jean de Paléologu

Folies-Bergère, La Loïe Fuller
poster by Jean de Paléologu

Folies-Bergère, La Loïe Fuller
poster by Jean de Paléologu

La Loïe Fuller

1897 Theatre de Opéra-Comique "Sapho" / Emma Calvé
poster by Jean de Paleologu

Emma Calvé

Alcazar d' Été La Belle Otero
poster by Jean de Paleologu

La Belle Otéro

Folies-Bergère
poster by Jean de Paléologu

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Folies Bergère, Les Demoieselles du XXe Siècle
poster by Louis Trinquier Trianon

Folies Bergère, Tous les Soirs, Americans 'Sings' and Dancers
poster by Maurice Biais

Folies-Bergère, Cléo de Mérode

Cléo de Merode

Folies-Bergère, Jane Derval

Jane Derval

Folies-Bergère, La Folie d'Amour
poster by Michel Gyarmathy

Folies-Bergère, Le Capitaine Costentenus
Le Capitaine Costentenus
( where are the tattoos? )

Folies-Bergère, Maurel
poster by Daniel de Losques

Folies-Bergère, Napoli Ballet Pantomime

Folies-Bergère, Ramoneurs Musicaux

Folies-Bergère