Dec 19, 2007 - Sale 2133

Sale 2133 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 3,840
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 4,500
JULES CHERET (1836-1932) L'ARC EN CIEL. 1893.
46 7/8x34 3/8 inches.
Condition B+: minor loses along tears through left edge; creases and abrasions in image. Framed.
This poster, for a ballet / pantomime called l'Arc en Ciel [The Rainbow], represents Cheret at the height of his artistic maturity. Cheret's mastery of lithography enabled him to take the three primary colors and turn them into a veritable (and in this case literal) rainbow. In addition to his exquisite use of colors, he also employs his signature design element of a cascade of characters, joyfully free-falling against the background, and within the group are his favorite characters, a Cherette and a Pierrot. This image, epitomizing as it does, every wonderful aspect of Cheret's art, was selected to be printed in a small run without any text for collectors. Broido 123 (var), Maindron 111 (var), Maitres pl. 21 (var), DFP II 235 (var).