Paul Hankar - Architecte 1900 Original Print

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Les Maitres de L'Affiche - 1900 Planche # 91 - Paul Hankar - Architecte

About the poster:

Paul Hankar (1859 - 1901) was a Belgian architect and designer who is considered one of the principal architects to work in the Art Nouveau style in Brussels at the turn of the twentieth century. "Drafting tools (triangles, rulers, etc.) as well as bees and their architecture, the honeycomb, are incorporated into a most effective design for Crespin's colleague, the architect, Paul Hankar. "The poster 'Hankar' is in every way perfect. The principal subject, positioned just right, is interpreted in a very modern style. There are many details, but they are chosen with such pleasure and arranged with such taste, such discretion-in a single word, such tact-that far from removing importance from the principal subject he lends it more value, creating a particular atmosphere, technical if I may say so. The warm and vivid coloring further adds, if that's possible, to the merit of this print which remains one of the best-if not the very best-of Crespin" (Beaumont, p. 48).

About Les Maitres de L'Affiche:

Maîtres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) refers to 256 color lithographic plates used to create an art publication during the Belle Époque in Paris, France. The collection, reproduced from the original works of ninety-seven artists in a smaller 11 x 15 inch format, was put together by Jules Chéret, the father of poster art. The varied selection of prints were sold in packages of four and delivered monthly to subscribers. On sixteen occasions during the selling period between December 1895 through November 1900, the monthly package included a bonus of a specially created lithograph.

About the artist:

Adolphe Crespin (Brussels, 1859-1944) was a Belgian painter and poster designer. He is considered one of the greatest masters of Art Nouveau.

Particulars: Each original Maîtres de l'Affiche lithograph has an embossed stamp in the bottom right corner and was printed on thick paper 
It has been professionally conserved by going through a de-acidification and cleaning bath (see poster and print conservation and restoration)

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