Albert Guillaume - Advertisement for Charles Guyot Suspenders - Lithographic Poster 1906 AP1205
It's not every day that one has the cheek to use the crowned heads of Europe to advertise your brand of suspenders, but that's exactly what Charles Guyot did at the turn of the new century. The caption reads "The man of fashion only wears Charles Guyot suspenders."
Pictured are some pretty rough customers mingled with the merely imperial: the Turkish pasha, King Leopold of Belgium, Tsar Nicholas, King Edward VII, Kaiser Wilhelm among others. Pretty nervy, and very funny. But beautifully drawn. A fabulous piece of graphic art by one of the preeminent practitioners of the golden age of the lithographic poster.
Lithograph measures 24" x 17 1/2", framed 29" x 23". In wonderful condition.
Albert Guillaume (14 February 1873 – 10 August 1942) was a French painter and caricaturist.
Born in Paris, France, Albert Guillaume became a leading caricaturist during the Belle Époque. While remembered for his poster art, Guillaume also did oil paintings such as "Soirée parisienne," a portrait of Parisian dinner society. He created theater posters as well as advertising posters that were greatly influenced by the work of one of the preeminent poster painters, Jules Chéret.
Guillaume thrived during the international poster mania of the Gay Nineties. During this period, a collection of notable artists helped transform the boulevards of Paris into a gallery of fine art. Toulouse-Lautrec set the stage in 1891 with his famous poster, Moulin Rouge. Other fine art posters followed and the streets came alive with color. Posters soon appeared from many of the era's great masters. Artists such as Chéret, Livemont, Hermann-Paul and Mucha helped shape the Parisian landscape.
Jules Chéret is often called the "father of the modern poster." From 1895 until 1900, he collaborated with the era's great poster artists to produce a series of smaller works suitable for collectors. For six years, Chéret and his collaborators painstakingly reproduced four posters a month. The series was a smashing success. The "Masters of Posters" collection included many works by Guillaume and it was through this series that he became known to a wider audience. The collection remains popular to this day.
Guillaume is also known for satirical drawings that were published in Parisian humor magazines such as Gil Blas, Le Rire, L’Assiette au Beurre, and Le Figaro illustré. These magazines appeared as Parisians started to acquire an increased appetite for arts, culture and politics. Guillaume lampooned the foibles of French society at a time when French governance was frequently characterized by corruption and mismanagement.