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Jules Chéret Art

French, 1836-1932

Once upon a belle époque, Jules Chéret and his posters were the toast of Paris. It was the Art Nouveau era, a time when works like those created by Chéret were key to the fabric of the cosmopolitan thoroughfare in the French capital. Today, this extraordinary artist and printer is little known. 

It was Chéret who transformed the street advert into the most expressive and coveted art form of the late 1800s. Think: a red-headed belle in a flimsy yellow dress, frolicking through a field of blue as she pours a glass of “tonic wine,” with the brand name Vin Mariani wafting about her.

Through his bold advances in chromolithography and the graphic arts, Chéret and the younger talents he inspired — like Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec — along with other artists, turned the stone-gray streets of Paris into a kaleidoscopic, ever-changing urban spectacle.

Raised in a family of poor Parisian artisans, Jules Chéret was apprenticed to a lithographer at 13. Although he took a class at the École nationale de dessin, as an artist, he was largely self-taught, schooling himself in art history and technique by visiting remarkable works at museums. When his first solo poster designs failed to garner further commissions, Chéret, then 23, relocated to London, where colorful but text-heavy posters enlivened the streets.

The move proved pivotal, as he soon found work with the French expat Eugène Rimmel, a visionary businessman and one of the founders of the beauty and healthcare industries. A brilliant marketer, he regularly produced colorful, elegantly illustrated and culturally sophisticated catalogues to publicize House of Rimmel cosmetics and fragrances. These and other promotional ventures kept Chéret busy, while sharpening his understanding of the commercial potential of print. 

So, when he learned of the invention of a press that could print large-scale formats inexpensively, Chéret recognized an opportunity to become his own boss. Now 30 years old, he returned to Paris with the financial support of Rimmel to establish his own print shop specializing in jumbo-size street posters and set about forging a fresh, eye-catching approach to their design.

Chéret accelerated the process of chromolithography by adding a stone with a graduated background that scaled in hue from orange to blue. With this, in addition to red- and black-pigmented stones, he could make vibrant posters more quickly and cheaply. In the late 1870s, his acquisition of steam-powered presses further sped up production and dramatically increased the volume of his output. 

But perhaps Chéret’s greatest contribution to our world today was a simple insight into an eternal truth: Sex sells. The best way to market a product is to put a pretty, revealingly dressed young woman in the ad. In the 1890s, Chéret put so many to work in this cause that they came to be known as “Chérettes,” a conflation of chérie (“darling”) and Chéret. 

Descended from the enchanting mademoiselles in the bucolic painterly confections of Rococo artists like Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, all smiles and femininity, they fused the present with the past, making them potent symbols of a newly affluent and peaceful France. 

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Artist: Jules Chéret
1894 original poster by Jules Chéret Théâtre de l'Opéra Carnaval - 2e Bal Masqué
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
In the realm of Belle Époque Paris, Jules Chéret emerges as a luminary, casting his artistic brilliance on the city's vibrant cultural scene. Known as the "father of the modern poste...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Linen, Paper, Lithograph

Original "Saxoleine Petrole Surete" vintage stone lithograph 1900
By Jules Chéret
Located in Spokane, WA
Original Saxoleine Petrole de Surete, artist Jules Cheret. Linen-backed turn-of-the-century original stone lithograph poster advertising Saxoleine, a lamp oil. The glow from this l...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

1895 original poster by Jules Chéret - Palais de Glace on the Champs-Élysées
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
The 1895 original poster by Jules Chéret, promoting the Palais de Glace on the Champs-Élysées, represents a captivating glimpse into the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene of ...
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1890s Jules Chéret Art

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Linen, Paper, Lithograph

1894 original poster by Jules Chéret titled "Au quartier Latin Mi-Carême"
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
The 1894 original poster by Jules Chéret, titled "Au quartier Latin Mi-Carême," unveils a captivating snapshot of the festive atmosphere during the Mi-Carême celebration in the Latin...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Linen, Paper, Lithograph

Jules Cheret (1836-1932) La Confidence, 1909, drawing signed
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) La Confidence (The confidence) 1909 signed and dated in the lower right Charcoal and heightenings of white chalk 22.7 x 22.7 cm Framed under glass : 33.8 x...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Chalk, Charcoal

Jules Cheret (1836-1932) A couple, 1909, drawing signed
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) A couple, 1909 signed and dated in the lower right Charcoal and heightenings of white chalk 23 x 23 cm Framed under glass : 33.8 x 33.8 cm This work is hi...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Charcoal, Chalk

Jules Chéret 1894 original poster - Le radical Madame sans gêne
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
In the late 19th century, the bustling streets of Belle Époque Paris were adorned with vibrant posters, and at the forefront of this visual revolution stood the pioneering artist Jul...
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1890s Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph, Paper, Linen

Le Théâtrophone
By Jules Chéret
Located in East Quogue, NY
Limited edition vintage lithographic reproduction poster of "Le Théâtrophone" by Jules Cheret, published in 1968 by The Sunday Times (London). This limited edition poster is numbered 600/2000 in pencil with the Sunday Times blind stamp (ST Limited Edition) in the lower right corner. The print is offered with a matt presentation frame. It also includes printed text from the original Chaix lithograph in Paris, visible along the left margin of the page. The Théâtrophone was a popular device that allowed listeners to enjoy opera and theatre performances for a small fee over the telephone. It began in Paris in 1890 and by inserting a coin and listening through earphones, one could hear performances from the Paris Opera. Its popularity spread to other cities but was eclipsed by the radio in 1932. art deco...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Musée Grévin : Dancer - Lithograph (Les Maîtres de l'Affiche), 1895
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Chéret Musée Grévin : Dancer Lifting Her Skirt, 1895 Stone lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum Size 39 x 29 cm (c. 15.3 x 11.4") INFORMATION : Plate 41 of "L...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Original Pastel Painting of Four Females by Jules Cheret 1910
By Jules Chéret
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) is an important figure in poster history. He pioneered the art of color lithography, and for this is commonly referred to as the, “Father of Poster Design”. ...
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1910s Jules Chéret Art

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Oil Pastel

Muse Grevin "Pantomimes Lumineuses" Original Poster by Jules Cheret
By Jules Chéret
Located in Plainview, NY
Jules Cheret created this captivating French poster to promote Emile Reynaud's "Theatre Optique," where he introduced the groundbreaking "Pantomimes Lumineuses" – the world's inaugur...
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Late 19th Century French School Jules Chéret Art

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Paper

"La Belle Epoque", Original Jules Chèret oil on board painting, 13x9 in., Figure
By Jules Chéret
Located in Dallas, TX
Jules Cheret (May 31, 1836 - September 23, 1932) was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of poster art. Often called the father of the modern poster. This piece is ...
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1910s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Oil, Board

L'Andalouise au Temps des Maures
By Jules Chéret
Located in Spokane, WA
Original L'Andalouise au Temps des Maures vintage art nouveau poster. L'Andalousie au Temps des Maures. Exposition de 1900. Imprimerie C...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Original 'Le Rapide Grande Journal Quotidien; art nouveau vintage poster
By Jules Chéret
Located in Spokane, WA
Original “Le Rapide, Grand Journal Quotidien” art nouveau vintage poster. Conservation linen backed and ready to frame. Year: 1892 Artist: Jules Cheret, referred to as the father of the poster. Le Rapide, Grand Journal Quotidien. Jules Cheret (French, 1836-1932) is a well-listed draftsman, printmaker, and designer is best known as a fin de siecle poster designer. Arguably, he is the best-known French poster designer of his age. Figure no 126; No 568; Posters of Jules Cheret. Most people overlook the fact that she is still writing for Le Rapide using a quill instead of an ink pen. Yes, this poster is over 130 years old and still presents itself well. There are telegraph wires in the sky background. The last time this poster was sold in the big NYC poster...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Jules Chéret's original poster for the 1894 "Palais de Glace Champs Élysées"
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
Jules Chéret's original poster for the 1894 "Palais de Glace Champs Élysées" is a jewel of 19th-century poster art. Chéret, considered th...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Linen, Paper, Lithograph

Aux Buttes Chaumont Poster 1888 by Jules Cheret Men's Fashions Large
By Jules Chéret
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This is one of Jules Cheret's most attractive posters from his early period in the late 1880's. It is a large size image that is promoting the new fashions for Men...
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1880s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

1891 Original Poster by Jules Chéret for the the pastilles Géraudel
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
Sublime poster of the period realized in 1891 by Jules Chéret 🇫🇷 (1836-1932) to promote the pastilles for the throat of the brand Géraudel. Jules Chéret, to whom the title of "father of the poster" is attributed, created and printed more than 1000 posters. He was considered one of the first professionals of poster advertising. His masterpieces are exhibited in many museums around the world and are highly prized by collectors. Medical - Women Supplement to the French mail...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Paper, Lithograph

"La danse" lithograph
By Jules Chéret
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original lithograph. This impression was printed in 1900 and published in Paris by the Revue de l'Art ancien et moderne. Sheet size: 11 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches (290 x 210 mm). Sig...
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Early 1900s Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

1895 Original poster by Jules Chéret for the Quinquina Dubonnet - Art Nouveau
By Jules Chéret
Located in PARIS, FR
Beautiful poster by Jules Chéret in 1895. One of the many products promoted by Chéret's cheerful redhead was Quinquina Dubonnet, a fortified wine made from herbs mixed with quinine....
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Linen, Paper, Lithograph

Punch Grassot - Lithograph (Les Maîtres de l'Affiche), 1895
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Chéret Punch Grassot, 1895 Lithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum Size 39 x 29 cm (c. 15.3 x 11.4") INFORMATION : Plate 5 of "Les Maîtres de...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Original Kola Marque, 1895 vintage French liquor poster by Jules Cheret
By Jules Chéret
Located in Spokane, WA
Original stone lithograph KOLA MARQUE, created by the artist Jules Cheret in 1895. Size: 16" x 23.5". Professional acid free archival linen backed and ready to frame. Full boarders. Printer: Chaix. Jules Cheret is known as the father of the poster helping bring color printing to the world. Kola Marque. Tonique et Aperitif. Stimule forces physiques et intellectuelles. It indicates that if you drink this it helps give you physical and intellectual stimulus. In addition, it is served in all the local cafes and restaurants. I haven't found a breakdown of what 'special' ingredients in this liquor would make you feel and think so much better. Condition. This 1895 poster...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

"Quinquina Dubonnet" Original Jules Cheret Maitre de l'Affiche
By Jules Chéret
Located in Hinsdale, IL
CHERET, JULES (1836 - 1932) "Quinquina Dubonnet" Original lithograph from “Les Maitres de L’Affiche” series Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris Bearing MDL stamp lower right, from issue #28, 1898. Plate #109 Unframed Size: 11 3/8 x 15 3/4” The “Les Maitres de l’Affiche” series was offered as a subscription series to collectors every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900. The “Maitres de l’Affiche,” were issued as separate numbered sheets, referred to as “plates”. They were numbered, with the printers name “Imprimerie Chaix,” in the margin at the bottom left hand corner, “PL.1” to “PL.240.” In the margin at the bottom right hand corner of each, is a blind embossed stamp from a design of Cheret’s. The smaller format and the fact the “Maitres” were a paid subscription series, allowed Imprimerie Chaix to use the latest state of the art printing techniques, not normally used in the large format posters due to cost. A very high quality of paper was used, where as the large format posters were printed on lesser quality newsprint, due to cost and a short expected life span. This explains why the quality of the printing, in the “Maitres de l’Affiche,” usually far exceeds that of their larger counterparts. “The Dubonnet poster...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Musée Grévin, Pantomimes Lumineuses by Jules Cheret, Commedia lithograph, 1896
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
Jules Chéret’s poster advertising the Théâtre Optique (Optical Theatre) immortalized a momentous convergence of technology, culture, history, and art with the 1892 debut of Emile Reynaud’s praxinoscope at the Musée Grévin in Paris. Reynaud presented his Pantomimes Lumineuses, the world’s first animated films, using his innovative system which projected light through moving pictures to offer illuminated pantomimes. Among the three short films Reynaud screened through his praxinoscope was Pauvre Pierrot (Poor Pierrot), a story of Pierrot courting Columbine based on the timeless archetypal love triangle featured in many Commedia dell’arte pantomimes. As a member of the Cercle Funambulesque (roughly “Friends of the Tightrope-walkers”), a French society which championed the contemporary creation of Commedia dell-arte-inspired pantomimes, Jules Chéret was often inspired by Pierrot and produced a large number of works depicting him, often with his beloved Columbine. Cheret’s involvement with the Cercle, combined with the immense popularity of these archetypes in the late 19th century, meant that they appeared frequently in his works. This work comes from the extremely scarce edition of 25 strikes on Imperial Japon paper, a mulberry bark-based stock inspired by the smooth-surfaced papers used in Japanese printmaking. This world-class example of lithography captures superior resolution and color-richness to that of its large-format counterpart. The use of marbled Imperial Japon paper allows inks to rest upon its surface rather than being absorbed by a more porous paper stock. An extremely scarce fraction of the edition of 25 are estimated to have survived to date. Stone lithograph of Jules Chéret’s Musée Grévin...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Lidia - Lithograph (Les Maîtres de l'Affiche), 1895
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Chéret Lidia (Alcazar d'été), 1895 Stone ithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum Size 39 x 29 cm (c. 15.3 x 11.4") INFORMATION : Plate 25 of "Les Maîtres de...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Folies Bergère: Fleur de Lotus by Jules Chéret, Belle Époque lithograph, 1896
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
Belle Époque lithograph of Folies Bergère: Fleur de Lotus by Jules Chéret, published in 1896 by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris. While Fleur de Lotus ...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Théâtrophone by Jules Chéret, Belle Epoque lithograph, 1896
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
Belle Epoque lithographic poster of Jules Chéret’s Théâtrophone, published in 1896 by Imprimerie Chaix (Ateliers Chéret). This artwork is presented in archival rag mat and arrives accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. “The fall of 1881 was a notable one in Paris: The City of Light was hosting the first International Exposition of Electricity off the Champs-Élysées. The expo created a buzz, with Europeans flocking to Paris to see the wonders of electricity, from Edison’s recently-invented light bulb to Alexander Graham Bell...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Vin Mariani, Popular French Tonic Wine by Jules Chéret, Japon lithograph, 1896
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
Vin Mariani was the world's first commercial cocaine-based product, pre-dating the notorious cocaine-based soda Coca Cola by over two decades. The stimulat...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Original Antique French Poster, "Eden Theatre", Jules Cheret, Lithograph
By Jules Chéret
Located in Dallas, TX
"Eden Theatre - Spectacle Varie" artist: Jules Cheret . Size: 28 x 23. Year: 1880. Archival linen backed in pretty good condition; ready to frame. Original linen backed stone lithog...
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1880s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Jules Cheret (1836-1932) Three studies of women, original signed drawing
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) Three studies of women charcoal on paper signed on the bottom left 39 x 24.5 cm This drawing of studies was part of the artist's workshop as so it bears the...
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1910s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Charcoal

David Copperfield Par Charles Dickens by Jules Chéret, Japon lithograph, 1886
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
Extremely rare early work by “The Father of the Poster,” Jules Chéret: Lithograph announcing Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, printed on Imperial...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Quinquina Dubonnet, Belle Epoque aperitif lithograph, 1896
By Jules Chéret
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful red-haired woman enjoys a Quinquina Dubonnet aperitif with her white cat companion. In early advertising, artists commonly used a redhead as an example of modern-thinking...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

Jules Cheret (1836-1932) Two studies of a woman, 1921 charcoal drawing, signed
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) Two studies of a woman, 1921 charcoal on grey paper signed and dated 24 10 (19)21 on the bottom right 39.5 x 24 cm A varnish stain in the lower middle of t...
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1920s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Charcoal

late 19th century color lithograph poster dancers figures carnival scene text
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Bullier" is a giclee print on paper after the 1888 original lithograph poster by Jules Cheret. A groups of happy people are centered around a harp being played by a woman in a red d...
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1880s Modern Jules Chéret Art

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Giclée, Paper

Folies-Bergère - Lithograph (Les Maîtres de l'Affiche), 1895
By Jules Chéret
Located in Paris, FR
Jules Chéret Folies-Bergère (L'Arc-en-Ciel), 1895 Stone ithograph Printed signature in the plate On vellum Size 39 x 29 cm (c. 15.3 x 11.4") INFORMATION : Plate 21 of "Les Maîtres...
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1890s Art Nouveau Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

ballet dancer with yellow dress late 19th century color lithograph poster
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Viviane, Maindron" is an original color lithograph by Jules Cheret. It is an advertisement for a five-act ballet from 1886. It depicts a performer in a yellow dress with other dance...
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1880s Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

"Graine d'Horizontales, " Original Black & White Lithograph by Jules Cheret
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Graine d'Horizontales" is an original black and white lithograph by Jules Cheret. It depicts a woman with an animal on her left next to a page of everyday people. 8" x 11 1/2" ima...
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1890s Modern Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

late 19th century color lithograph poster military figure drummer text
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Rappel" is an original lithograph poster designed by Jules Cheret. This poster depicts a young man drumming. There is a small stain in the upper left corner. This poster was publish...
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1890s Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

ballet dancer with yellow dress late 19th century color lithograph poster
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
An original color lithograph by Jules Cheret numbered 52 of three dancers. 31 5/8" x 23 3/4" art 37 1/2" x 29 5/8" framed Jules Chéret (31 May 1836 – 23 September 1932) was a Frenc...
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1880s Contemporary Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

"Les Petits Japonais, " Original Color Lithograph by Jules Chéret
By Jules Chéret
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Les Petits Japonais" is an original color lithograph by Jules Cheret. It depicts three young Japanese children in red, yellow, and blue. This piece is a design for the cover of "Les...
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1890s Jules Chéret Art

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Lithograph

La Pantomime
By Jules Chéret
Located in San Francisco, CA
Signed on the stone lower left Chéret. A superb impression of the definitive state of this rare panel from the small edition of unknown size. One of four panels comprising the ser...
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Late 19th Century Jules Chéret Art

Musee Grevin
By Jules Chéret
Located in San Francisco, CA
A proof impression printed prior to any poster text being added to the stone. Printed at Imprimerie Chaix (Ateliers Cheret).

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20th Century Jules Chéret Art

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Find a wide variety of authentic Jules Chéret art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Jules Chéret in lithograph, paper, chalk and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 19th century and is mostly associated with the modern style. Not every interior allows for large Jules Chéret art, so small editions measuring 9 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Henri Gabriel Ibels. Jules Chéret art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $35,000, while the average work can sell for $1,317.
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    Jules Cheret contributed to poster history by changing how the art world viewed posters. In 1884, he showed his works in the first-ever gallery exhibition of posters, helping to elevate the art form. Find a variety of Jules Cheret art on 1stDibs.

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