Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection

September 2, 2011 - January 7, 2012
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Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection



In the late 19th century, the rise of color lithography along with an increasing demand for advertisements presented artists with an alternative space to exhibit their artworks. Mass-produced posters ranged from large-scale ads for consumer products such as lamp oil and bicycles, to promotional materials for cabaret performances at the Moulin Rouge or the Divan Japonais. Artists also were sought to create intimate, small-scale prints for literary journals, playbills and exhibition announcements, enabling their art and reputations to reach an ever-broadening audience.

This installation from the Krannert Art Museum’s permanent collection highlights posters by artists including Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha, Jan Toorop and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and illustrates how artists utilized lithography for different purposes and with varying regional stylistic characteristics.

Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection is curated by Kathryn Koca Polite; organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Krannert Art Museum Director’s Circle; and Krannert Art Museum Council.

Sponsored in part by the River Cities' Reader.

Supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The views expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of HI and the NEH.

This exhibition continues through January 8, 2012.



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image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais, 1893, crayon, brush, spatter, and transferred screen lithograph, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Couverture de L'estampe originale, 1893, brush and spatter lithograph, courtesy of Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Estate of William S. Kinkead 1984-44-9; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La loge au mascaron doré, 1894, crayon, brush, and spatter lithograph with scraper, courtesy of Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Estate of William S. Kinkead 1984-44-20.

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