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10 Years of Vintage Posters and Art Glass

Product Image Salon du Cycle (PL. 51)

Salon du Cycle (Plate 51)

$ 190.00


Jean-Louis Forain, French, (1852-1931)
Condition A
Original lithograph from the Les Maitres de l'Affiche series
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1897
15 3/4 in x 11 3/8 in

"This poster announces the second bicycle show, to be held in October 1894, at the Palace of Industry in Paris. These exhibitions of bicycles and bicycle parts were an important element in the marketing of bicycles as well as a major social event. All of the manufacturers showed their latest models, as did the prospective customers… Forain is best known for his book designs and numerous illustrations for leading periodicals such as Le Rire… He produced few posters but this one is widely, and correctly, regarded as his finest." (100 Years of Bicycle Posters, Rennert, 20) 



"This engaging design depicting two charming cyclists in the most delicate of pastels-yellow pink and light olive. This was a favorite of turn-of-the-century poster collectors; Maindron, a year after its publication, was unequivocal: "This poster is perfect." ( Rennert PAI-XL, 28)