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I have collected art since I was a student at university...
posters for rock concerts, demonstrations, art exhibits, products, etc.
As I saw more of the world and took some art history courses my appreciation for the world's art grew.
Poster design was the day job for many artists in the 19th and 20th century.
The Maitres de l Affiche (Masters of the Poster) made it possible to collect wonderful works by otherwise unaffordable artists; such as Wm. Bradley, Jules Cheret, Steilen, G. DeFeure, Maxfield Parish, Toulouse Lautrec, E. Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, etc.
The colors and the printing detail of these 240plus lithographs is often much better than the original billboard posters. The street posters were printed on cheap paper and because of their often huge size; were meant to be seen from a distance.
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About

Greetings!
I have collected art since I was a student at university...
posters for rock concerts, demonstrations, art exhibits, products, etc.
As I saw more of the world and took some art history courses my appreciation for the world's art grew.
Poster design was the day job for many artists in the 19th and 20th century.
The Maitres de l Affiche (Masters of the Poster) made it possible to collect wonderful works by otherwise unaffordable artists; such as Wm. Bradley, Jules Cheret, Steilen, G. DeFeure, Maxfield Parish, Toulouse Lautrec, E. Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, etc.
The colors and the printing detail of these 240plus lithographs is often much better than the original billboard posters. The street posters were printed on cheap paper and because of their often huge size; were meant to be seen from a distance.
The Maitres de l Affiche is a collection of the best posters created at the end of the 19th century. The French artist Jules Cheret wanted to immortalize these unique works of art. He conceived folios of prints that were sold to the public by subscription. To insure the international success of the project they included artists from the rest of Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.A. The posters were downsized to 11" X 15" with wide margins, printed on fine lithographic paper, and embossed by the publisher; Chaix in Paris.
Needless to say they have withstood the test of time and are part of any poster art exhibit.
My poster collection includes many posters that are way too large for my home.
The Maitres de l Affiche have decorated all the homes my husband and lived in during the past 45 years.
Over the years I bought many Maitres de l Affiche posters that were still in the original wrappings from the printer. It is sort of sad that they have never seen the light of day and that no one has ever had the opportunity to admire them. But, because of they have never been framed, cropped, put in the sun, or touched they are in pristine condition.
Always ask for a condition report.

Now that I am 65 years the time has come for me to find a new home for much of my collection.
It would be my pleasure to introduce you to the joy of collecting Poster Art.

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