Wednesday, September 27, 2017

is Jules Chéret an early feminist?

Jules Chéret (1836-1932) was a French painter and who became a master of poster art. Often called the father of the modern poster. Influenced by the scenes of frivolity depicted in the works of Jean-Honoré Fragonard and other Rococo artists such as Antoine Watteau, Chéret created vivid poster ads for the cabarets, music halls, and theaters such as the Eldorado, the Olympia, the Folies Bergères, Theatre de l'Opera and the Moulin Rouge. As his work became more popular and his large posters displaying modestly free-spirited females found a larger audience, pundits began calling him the "father of the women's liberation." Above left, Chéret's Le Pays des Fées (1889) for The Universal Exposition.

This is a great source of chéret's illustrations!