Vintage Posters for the Bungalow — Maitres De l’Affiche P.1
December 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
You may be familiar with original vintage posters – the bold and vibrant advertisements from Europe and the United States which brighten the walls of many cafés and restaurants. These happy works of art can be a strong focal point in a room. They are often placed in homes with enormous stairwells or cathedral ceilings. But in a Bungalow the bright colors and grand scale of most vintage posters would be overwhelming.
The exception? A treasure chest of small prints from the late 19th century called “Les Maitres De L’Affiche” which translates to “The Masters of the Poster”. The Maitres are a series of 256 miniature posters which were printed between 1896 and 1900, a rich period in history which encompasses the Arts and Crafts movement, the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau. The small prints in the series are accessible to collectors today and include work by artists such as Edward Penfield, Will Bradley and the Beggarstaffs which are appropriate in a bungalow setting.
Advertising posters first appeared on the walls of buildings in Europe in second half of the 19th century. Advances in printing made large scale color posters possible, and a burgeoning middle class with a taste for cafes, for opera and for travel made posters the perfect medium for market development. Discussing the latest posters and the artists who created them was a past time, just as today we might reference the latest super bowl ads at the water cooler. Naturally, the public wanted to own this new dynamic medium and so poster collecting as a hobby was born.
Part 1 of a 4 part series about Les Maitre De L’Affiche
Written by Elizabeth Norris, Proprietor, Vintage European Posters
Vintage European Posters, Established 1997
2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
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