L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

March 7 through May 31, 2020

Showcasing the remarkable work of five master printmakers, Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, Eugène Grasset, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features more than sixty posters and ephemera dating from 1875 to 1910. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form. Peppering the walls and kiosks of Parisian neighborhoods, boldly colorful posters were heralded as a new art form, a brilliant fusion of craft and commerce. The sudden popularity of posters fueled a passion for collecting them, called affichomania. Organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., the exhibition explores the eruption of the poster craze in Paris conveying the exuberance of the spirited era in France known as the Belle Époque.

Exhibition Highlights

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, 1891, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Alphonse Mucha, Princess Hyacinth, 1911, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Motocycles Comiot, 1899, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Alphonse Mucha, Zodiac, 1896, color lithograph on silk, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Jules Chéret, Folies-Bergère/La Loïe Fuller, 1893, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Eugène Grasset, Salon des Cent: Exposition Grasset, 1894, color lithograph, photograph by John Faier, © 2019, courtesy of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who support the exhibition and programs. Exhibitions and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax funds.

Share This!

Subscribe to our weekly blog. Please enter your email address.