posters of the 1890s

The 1890’s was the beginning of thefirst poster graphics.Not only have these posters been seen as advertisements but they are also looked upon as works of art.Two excellent examples of different work done during this period are Alphonse Mucha’s Lorenzaccio (1898) and Henri Toulouse- Lautrec’s Jardin de Paris (1893).Each poster is equally exquisite in it’s line, style, color, composition, and perspective.
Alphonse Mucha was born in 1860 and traveled to Paris in 1890.He designed posters in the fashionable “Byzantine” style of ornamentation.In Mucha’s Lorenzaccio this can clearly be seen.The poster is a cropped image in the vertical “pillar” style with elaborate ornamentation through out.There is written word on the top and bottom as typical of many of his works.By the writing around the figure we can see that the poster was intended to be made for Sarah Bernhardt.
The poster exhibits intricate, flowing line with sharp outlines.The active, curvilinear line dominates the picture.It’s dramatic, decorative design can be seen through the dragon that looks straight into our eyes.There are distinct monochromatic colors of green, brown and red.Lorenzaccio is a heavily detailed, two dimensional poster with no middle ground.The subject is off in thought in the poster.The clothing she is wearing particularly adds to the active line.The background is extremely decorative.Altogether the poster is created with a compartmentalized composition.
I would characterize Mucha’s work in the Art Nouveau style because of his use of decorative style with simplified forms.His sharp, curvilinear line; full color tones, and Cloisonisme composition add to the stylistic qualities.
However, I believe that Henri Toulouse- Lautrec’s Jardin de Paris is especially well designed as the use of a poster and work of art.I prefer this poster better because of its different approach to advertising in a clear, eye catching way,…


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