La Danse (Dance), 1893

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Jules Chéret was churning out 200,000 posters a year by the mid-1880s, transforming Parisian streets into what art critic Roger Marx called "an open-air museum." Chéret's signature was the "chérette," seen here in her usual guise: radiant, fey, seductive. Yet Chéret's contribution to L'Estampe originale catered to collectors' tastes for the unique. Instead of the bold, circus feel of his mass-produced posters, this print is muted, intimate, and atmospheric. The light-handed use of the lithographic crayon only adds to the transparency of the chérette's notoriously filmy costume.

La Danse (Dance)
Artist Life
(Paris, Nice), 1836–1932
Accession Number
Edward A. Foster, Minneapolis; given tro MIA, 1966.
Catalogue Raisonne
Stein & Karshan 16
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