An original design by the great Steinlen, whose eye for everyday scenes on the
sidewalks of Paris was unequalled. Here we have three young ladies, in working
class attire, chatting intently as they walk arm in arm down a gobble-stoned street
of Paris. His masterful drawings, hundreds of which were seen in publications
across France including Gill Blas and Le Rire,
demonstrate to us why he was considered one of the great draughtsmen among poster
artists. Charles Matlack Price writes "An almost unerring excellence and
accuracy of proportion are unconsciously felt in even his most fragmented sketches"
(C. Matlack Price, p.70)
to the Maitre de l'Affiche series received
four special plates annually. These premium original lithographs, each an original
design, were created specifically for this series, and are not seen in any other
format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced versions of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the Special Plates (Sp),
as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity and skill. The artist
is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise, and can express himself
more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence of graphic art, with
only one or two colours. For many collectors these unique Special Plates are more
desirable than any of the regular plates.