Lately I've been a little obsessed with Parisian advertising posters from the 1890s., like this one: "Paris Alamanach," by Georges de Feure, which advertises a guide to Parisian attractions.
I love this woman striking a pose in her fur-lined cape with her tour guide, ready to take the Paris streets by storm, as men in top hats bustle behind her. It would be great fun to be transported in time and be her for a day. I love the composition and the strange color choices of fatigue green and pink.
I've started drawing on T-shirts with high-flow acrylic paint. Here's my wearable version of "Paris Almanach":
I would love to have seen the 1890s Paris streets covered in posters by artists like Feure and Talouse-Lautrec.
A printmaking process called lithography had just been invented. While printing presses could only product a dozen images a day, with lithography, they could produce thousands.
Lithography originally used an image drawn with oil, fat, or wax onto the surface of a smooth, level limestone "plate." The stone was treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic, which would eat into, or etch, the portions of the stone not protected by the grease-based image. When the stone was subsequently moistened, these etched areas retained water; an oil-based ink could then be applied, which would be repelled by the water, and stick only to the original drawing. The ink would finally be transferred to a blank sheet of paper, and thus printed.
People loved the posters. Some would steal them for their own personal collections.
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