Colour lithograph designed by Jules Chéret. Signed in the print in the lower right corner. Printed by Chéret’s printing company Chaix in 1894. This work is a smaller version of the posters hanging on the streets of Paris and appeared as an attachment to Le Courrier Français. Size (paper) 54 x 36 cm (frame 64 x 46.5 cm).
Jules Roques, the owner of Le Courrier Français, was one of the greatest supporters of the work of Jules Chéret (1836-1932). At one point, Roques rented the enormous curtain of the Cafe des Ambassadeurs, one of the largest music halls in Paris, and covered it from top to bottom with posters by Chéret, with the name of his magazine above it. He also regularly issued posters as supplements to his Courier Français, smaller in size but of the same quality.
Nowhere are the pleasures of Paris more evident than in the posters made for the Palais de Glace. Chéret designed one masterpiece after another for the skating palace of the Belle Époque. In this poster we see one of his statuesque “Chérettes” swinging over the ice, the viewer has little choice but to admire her.
In 1894, the Palais de Glace opened its doors on the Champs Elysées. Except for the ice rink, people went there to see and be seen. It would be the place to be in Paris. Such skating palaces were also being opened in Brussels, Vienna, London and elsewhere in Europe. In the 20th century, the Palais de Glace gradually lost its appeal and was forced to close in 1980. Nowadays, the Théatre du Rond-Point is located in the monumental building.
Price: Euro 1.250,- (incl. frame)