Bal au Moulin Rouge (Ball at the Moulin Rouge)
Medium:Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Height: 19 in
Width: 13 in
Woman in yellow dress on donkey. Three other women in background riding donkeys and dancing. Title "Bal au Moulin Rouge" in red at the top. Blue background.
The "Les Maitres de l'Affiche" series was offered as a subscription series to collectors. Every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900, subscribers received by mail, 4 loose sheets (Maitres) with a cover sheet. Maitre's were never issued in a book form, but a binding of the 12 months Maitres was offered to subscribers, at the end of the year, with a beautiful hardcover design by Paul Berthon, for 8 Francs. This poster was designed by Jules Chéret, a French painter and lithographer who became a master of "of Belle Époque poster art and who has been called the father of the modern poster. He was also labeled as the "father of the women's liberation" because of how he portrayed women (joyful, elegant, spirited) in his work, which opposed the traditional representations of women as either puritan or prostitute. The original artwork is from the Robert L. Hoskins and Erwin A. Raible Collection of Fin de Siècle French Prints, a gift of Elaine Rutowski Shay.