Jules Cheret (French, 1836 – 1932) Large original crayon drawing of a beautiful woman dancing maybe with castanets. Possibly a sketch for his famous poster (Jardin de Paris – Fête de nuit bal, 1890)
Signed LL “J Cheret”
Sheet size: 16 X 11 Inches
Framed: 20 X 14.5 Inches
Condition: Good with undulations and stains on upper left and paper rubbing. Older frame with wear and matting with faint water stain on right.
Chéret found success early and was able to sell a number of his drawings around Paris. However, this did not completely satisfy the artist, so he left for London looking for different ways to make money as an artist. However, all he found there was a job sketching furniture drawings, so he returned to Paris. During this time, Cheret would also travel to Italy. Upon his return, Cheret was commissioned to create a poster and thus his career as a poster maker began. Jules Cheret (May 31, 1836 – September 23, 1932) was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of poster art. Often called the father of the modern poster. Born in Paris to a poor but creative family of artisans, a lack of finances meant Jules Cheret had a very limited education. At age thirteen, he began a three-year apprenticeship with a lithographer and then his interest in painting led him to take an art course at the École Nationale de Dessin. Like most other fledgling artists, Cheret studied the techniques of various artists, past and present, by visiting Paris museums.