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From Jules Cheret to Dora the Explorer Printable Posters

Posters target people everywhere and posters are vital marketing tool for the visual excitement. Almost every teenager has a poster of her or his idol in a room but how have this ubiquitous exciting marketing tool came into our everyday lives? Although lithography was invented in 1798, it was at first too slow and expensive for poster production. Most posters were woodblocks or metal engravings with little color or design.

This all changed with Jules Cheret's "three stone lithographic process," a breakthrough which allowed artists to achieve every color in the rainbow with as little as three stones - usually red, yellow and blue - printed in careful registration.

ELDORADO by Jules Cheret ...............................................................Les Folies Bergère by Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret's Posters

Jules Cheret was French lithographer, poster designer and painter, Cheret’s formal training in art was limited to a course at the Ecole Nationale de Dessin, Paris, as a pupil of Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran. Jules Cheret’s formal education ended when at the age of 13, his family could no longer afford to keep him in school. His father, a typographer, placed Cheret in a three year apprenticeship with a lithographer. The rest is, as they say, a history.

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Without Jules Cheret we might not have had Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec posters. Here's his adorable Jane Avril and two posters devoted to her. Jane Avril was a famous can-can dancer in Paris now imortalized not only by Toulouse-Lautrec paintings and posters but by both Zsa-Zsa Gabor and Nicole Kidman, two movie stars that portrait the famous can-can dancer in Moulin Rouge movies.

Jane Avril by Tolouse-Loutrec

During the 1890s, called the "Belle Epoque" in France, a poster craze came into full bloom. In 1891, Toulouse-Lautrec's first poster, Moulin Rouge, elevated the status of the poster to fine art. French poster exhibitions, magazines and dealers proliferated, satisfying the public's love affair with the poster. Early in the decade, the pioneering Parisian dealer Sagot listed 2200 different posters in his sales catalog!

How we came from the "Belle Epoque" to Dora the Explorer Printable Posters, yet another craze for our kids?

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