By the 1890s, chromolithographic color printing had become widely used in Europe and French designers were at the forefront of developing this technique with a dazzling array of commercial posters. Several noted artists working in Paris, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Eugène Grasset, T.A. Steinlen and Alphonse Mucha painted designs especially for use on advertising posters.
However, it was their forebearer Jules Chéret (1836–1933), who was the true pioneer of French poster design. Chéret, with his own printing firm, knew how to make use of this technique to great effect while maintaining complete artistic control. His compositions were often dominated by large central figures and prominent hand-lettering, printed in bright colors, embellished with semi-transparent washes and stipple effects.
Explore fin-de-siècle Paris posters with this beautifully printed correspondence set. Open the box to find 40 sheets of A5 writing paper with 4 different designs (printed on one side). Also included are 20 matching envelopes with 2 different designs, 8 greeting cards in 4 different design, and 30 assorted stickers and labels.
Manufactured by Pepin Press. Box measures 9 x 6.75 x 1.5 inches.
*Please note the limited writing space to address the envelopes; they're not ideal for mailing by themselves. Instead they are perfect for including in a gift package or using as a hand delivered note to a friend, colleague, or loved one.