1897 Art Nouveau poster Crespin – Spa (‘Les Affiches Étrangères’)

Great image advertising the Ferme de Frahinfaz on the Hippodrome des Art Road, Spa Belgium

"By the 1890s the streets of every great metropolis were enlivened by large colourful posters). The poster had not only caught the fancy of the broad public, but its best examples were already being regarded as works of art (specifically, as fine prints) to be exhibited, reviewed in journals, collected and reprinted in a manageable form. In the last five years of the century, the Imprimerie Chaix was to play great part in codifying, hallowing and perpetuating the ebullient period of 'La Belle Epoque.' ”  (www.yaneff.com)

Poster from Volume 3 of the three-volume set, published from 1897-99. It was a printed in a limited edition of 1,050 copies.

Edited by G. Boudet and printed by Chaix.

Stone lithograph printed on fine vellum paper stock.

Slight browning along edges.

12 ¼” x 8 ⅝”

 

Adolphe Crespin (1859-1944) was a painter, decorator and Belgian poster artist of Art Nouveau period, mainly active in Brussel. He was one of the great masters of art nouveau sgraffito alongside Paul Cauchie Privat Livemont and Gabriel Van Dievoet and illustrated posters.

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“Les Affiches Etrangeres”

Illustrated with 65 full-page color plates and 2 double-page color plates, all protected with tissue; 24 full-page black and white plates, 1 double-page black and white, and numerous other in-text illustrations. 

Paris: G. Boudet and C. Tallandier, 1897. Limited edition -- from a total of 1,050 copies

This volume is the third part of a highly collectible three volume set which explores the significance of poster art in the 1880s and 90s.

The first two volumes concern posters by French artists ("Les Affiches Illustrees"), while this volume is about posters printed elsewhere (specifically: Germany, Austria, England, America, Belgium and Japan). Color lithographs printed by Imprimerie Chaix. 

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