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PAUL BERTHON FOLDER FOR MAITRES DE L'AFFICHE

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Posted 12 months ago

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Alfredo
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ONCE I HAD TO GO TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR A CONFERENCE. I STAYED AT A HOTEL WHICH HAD ITS RESTAURANT LINED UP WITH SMALLER VERSIONS OF SOME OF THE GREAT ART POSTERS OF THE LATE XIXTH C. I LEARNED THEY WERE CALLED MAITRES DE L'AFFICHE AND WERE NOT COPIES, BUT ORIGINAL LITOGRAPHS. I DETERMINED I'D COLLECT THEM, SINCE THE ORIGINALS WERE QUITE OUT OF FINANCIAL REACH.

NOWADAYS, I HAVE OVER 100. BUT I HAD NO IDEA THAT PAUL BERTHON, ONE OF MY FAVORITES, HAD CREATED A FOLDER FOR THE POSTERS PUBLISHED IN THE FIRST YEAR, 1896. I CONSIDER IT MUSEUM WORTHY. IT'S 16" LONG AND 12.5 WIDE. MINE STILL HAS THE TITLE PAGE AND THE PREFACE TO THE VOLUME. THE LAST PICTURE OF IS MY FAVORITE BERTHON EVER.

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  1. cogito cogito, 12 months ago
    Wonderful, Al. I've seen that Berthon illustration before, but not as a portfolio cover.
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 12 months ago
    I have seen it framed open. But I do not like the idea, so we framed it in a regular frame, where it promptly fell to the bottom!

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