March 7 through May 31, 2020
Showcasing the remarkable work of five master printmakers, including 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. L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., explores the eruption of the poster craze in Paris conveying the exuberance of the spirited era in France known as the Belle Époque.
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.