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A poster is a large piece of printed paper that has a message, usually with picture of something. Posters are made to be shown in public on a wall or other flat surfaces. They were the main form of public advertising before the web, and they are still used.

Posters are used for advertising, education, propaganda, and decoration.[1][2] They may also be copies of famous works of art.

Chromolithography and the poster[change | change source]

Chromolithography (color lithography) was invented by Engelmann & Son, who were granted a patent in 1837.[3] After that, it was a matter of time before it reached full commercial development.

Because of its low production costs, over the 50 years after the American Civil War, millions of chromolithographs were printed and were sold for under $10. Louis Prang, a Bostonian, produced fine-art subjects, such as still lifes, landscapes, and classical subjects.[4] Nevertheless, it was only after 1847 that the Jules Chéret posters showed their real potential.[5]

Examples[change | change source]

Jules Chéret[change | change source]

19th century posters in the US[change | change source]

  • General source:[8]

Louis John Rhead[change | change source]

Edward Penfield[change | change source]

Toulouse-Lautrec and Post-impressionism[change | change source]

Art nouveau posters and the impact of graphics on painting[change | change source]

Posters in the first half of the 20th century[change | change source]

Posters were used for war propaganda, to encourage young people to enlist in the army, and to sell government war bonds. From a strictly artistic view, the posters were unimaginative and far from the masterpieces of the late 19th century posters. The posters almost all came with a caption to bang the message home.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hillier, Bevis 1969. Posters. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  2. Barnicoat, John 1979. Posters: a concise history. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-20118-8
  3. Twyman, Michael 1970. Lithography 1800–1850. Oxford University Press. p160
  4. Gallo, Max 2002. The poster in History. W.W.
  5. Hutchinson H.F. 1968. The Poster: an illustrated history from 1860, chapter 2. London: Studio Vista. ISBN 978-0289278673.
  6. David Raizman 2003. History of modern design: graphics and products since the Industrial Revolution. Laurence King. ISBN 9781856693486
  7. Collins, Bradford R. (6 March 1996). Design history : an anthology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. pp. 41–50. ISBN 9780262540766. JSTOR 1511527.
  8. Margolin, Victor 1975. The golden age of the American poster. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345251299
  9. Stanley Appelbaum 1990. The Complete «Masters of the Poster»: all 256 color plates from «Les Maîtres de L'affiche». Courier Dover ISBN 9780486263090
  10. "Smithsonian Institution". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  11. "Louis Rhead Obituary", New York Times (July 30, 1926)
  12. Wilczak, Susan A. The posters of Edward Penfield for Harper's New Monthly Magazine: a reflection of American society in the 1890s [Thesis]. Ann Arbor, MI: Department of Art, Michigan State University, 1996.
  13. Bauwens, Maurice; Hayashi, T.; La Forgue, Jules; Meier-Graefe, J.; Pennell, Joseph; and Boudét, G., editors. Les affiches étrangères illustrées. Paris: G. Boudet, 1897.
  14. Exman, Eugene. The House of Harper: One hundred and fifty years of publishing. New York: Harper and Row, 1967.Johnson, Diane Chalmers. American art nouveau. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1979. Jones, Sydney R. Posters and their designers. London: The Studio, Ltd, 1924. Keay, Carolyn. American posters of the turn of the century. New York: St Martin's, 1975. Les maitres de l'affiche. 5 vols. Paris: Imprimerie Chaix, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900. King, Julia. The flowering of Art Nouveau graphics. Salt Lake City, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, 1990. Maginnis, Charles. D. Pen drawing: an illustrated treatise, 1899. Malhotra, Ruth; Spielmann, Heinz; and Thon, Christina. Das frühe plakat in Europa und den USA: ein bestandskatalog. Band 1, Großbritannien vereinigte von Nordamerika. Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1973. 43-173.
  15. Ackroyd, Christopher. Toulouse-Lautrec. Chartwell Books, 1989. The history and techniques of the great masters. Desloge, Nora. Toulouse-Lautrec: the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego Museum of Art, 1988. D'esparbes, Georges et al. Les Demi-cabots, le café concert, le cirque, les forains. Paris, 1896. FeinbLlatt, Ebria & Bruce Davis. Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries: posters of the belle époque from the Wagner Collection. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985. Gauzi, Françoise. Lautrec et son temps. Paris, 1954. Zeldin, Theodore. France 1848-1945. Oxford and New York, 1977. Oxford history of modern Europe.
  16. San Diego Museum of Art. The Baldwin M. Baldwin Foundation Collection: graphics and other works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. San Diego, 1980. Schimel, Herbert D. & Phillip Dennis Cate. The Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and W.H.B. Sands correspondence. New York, 1983. Stuckey, Charles F. Toulouse-Lautrec paintings. Art Institute of Chicago, 1979. Sugana G.M. The complete paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. New York, 1969.
  17. Adhemar, Jean. Toulouse-Lautrec: his complete lithographs and drypoints. New York, 1965. Adriani, Götz. Toulouse-Lautrec. London, 1987. Trans. Sebastian Wormell; first published Cologne, 1986.
  18. Joyani, Maurice. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; two vols. Paris, 1926-7. Weisberg, Gabriel P. et al. Japonisme: the Japanese influence on French art, 1854-1910. Cleveland Museum of Art, 1975. Wittrock, Wolfgang. Toulouse-Lautrec, the complete prints. London, 1985. Two vols.
  19. Calloway, Stephen. 1998. Aubrey Beardsley. New York, N.Y.: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 0810940094.
  20. Anna Dvorak. “Illustrations for Books and Periodicals.” in Alphonse Mucha: the complete graphic works. Anne Bridges (ed). NY: Harmony, 1980.
  21. see Eva di Stefano 2008. Gustav KlimtL Art Nouveau Visionary. Sterling. ISBN 9781402759208
  22. Gilles Neret 1999. Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918. Taschen ISBN 978-3822859803
  23. Harper P. War, Revolution, and Peace, propaganda posters from the Hoover Institution Archives 1914-1945 [Stanford Art Department, Stanford Museum] [1969], Marshall Cavendish Collection, 'Selling the War' in Images of War No.64 (Marshall Cavendish, London) 1996. [1] Archived 2009-11-02 at the Wayback Machine. 2009-10-31.
  24. Norman Rockwell is considered the "quintessential middlebrow American artist".Kelly, Michael (1992-07-12). "The Candidates as Culture Vultures". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  25. Some critics view his sentimental and nostalgic vision out of step with the harsh realities of American life, such as The Great Depression.Wright, Tricia (2007). "The Depression and World War II". American Art and Artists. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-0-06-089124-4.
  26. Art Deco Graphics, by Patricia Kery,Thames and Hudson; New edition (May 2, 2002), 0500283532, 978-0500283530. The birth of the modern poster, Mark Henshaw, the National Gallery of Australia, [2] Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine