1897 Belle Epoque poster Beardsley Keynotes ('Les Affiches Étrangères')

$185.00 CAD

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Famous image from book cover design for series of modern "woman-friendly" novels.

"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”


Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.


Keynotes was a series of 34 novels and short story collections published by John Lane from 1893. Aubrey Beardsley produced cover designs and embellishments for 22 of the titles in 1895 while he was working on The Yellow Book which John Lane was also publishing.

Aubrey Beardsley illustrated the series of modern "woman-friendly" novels published by John Lane in the mid 1890s as a response to the emergence of the concept of the "New Woman". Beardsley and Lane were also working on 'The Yellow Book' at this time. Beardsley's cover design for the first book in the series, George Egerton's "Keynotes", resulted in the series becoming synonymous with fin-de-siècle decadence.





“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.