Be transported for a sense of Paris this springtime through the remarkable work of five master printmakers – Jules Che?ret, Alphonse Mucha, Euge?ne Grasset, The?ophile Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – which conveys the exuberance of the spirited Belle E?poque era. During an artistic proliferation from 1875 to 1910, these pioneering artists reigned in Paris and defined a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form.
Peppering the walls and kiosks of Parisian boulevards, colorful posters – a brilliant fusion of craft and commerce – advertised cigarette papers and milk, immortalized stage stars and bohemian cabarets, and won the adoration of passersby and art collectors. Although ephemeral, these posters sparked a passionate craze for collecting them called affichomania – whether acquired via special-edition purchases or stealthy pilfering from public spaces. Explore varied depictions and styles, from caricatures of Montmartre’s nightlife to the sinuous lines and expressive subjects that characterize Art Nouveau.
Some Illustrator! Pictures by Melissa Sweet
Buoyant children’s book illustrations by Melissa Sweet, created in her signature watercolor and found-object collage style, comprise this exhibition of her acclaimed biographical work. The title of Sweet’s recent, award-winning book “Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White” riffs on White’s Charlotte’s Web and “Some Pig.”
Sweet, based in Portland, Maine, has illustrated more than 100 books, created toys, puzzles and games for eeBoo, and her work has been recognized with multiple awards. She received two Caldecott Honors for “A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams” and “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.”
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