Full size, set of four sold for $ 41,400 US (4)
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 1998.
This is one of the series of four decorative posters, entitled
"The Arts". This is the first, simply entitled "The
Pantomime". For the others, see PL.193,
"Maindron makes it clear that it was Cheret who invented 'placards
there is nothing to say about these designs other
that they are perfect"(pp.178-79).
Abdy calls these four decorative panels "triumphs of colour
and printing" (p.31).
Being freed in them from having to sell a product, Cheret let his
imagination soar- and these light-footed nymphs are the first clear
examples of what was to adorn the walls of Paris for the next decade;
the unabashedly hedonistic, carefree spirits that became known as