Paul Hankar Architecte | Maitre de L’Affiche: Plate #91
This artwork is from Les Maitres de L’Affiche series; miniature versions of outstanding stone lithograph artworks of the most important advertising posters by the finest artists.
“Crespin prepared this famous poster for his good friend the Art Nouveau architect Paul Hanker (1859-1901). Hanker is shown plying his craft in his studio at 63 rue de Facqz. Fully absorbed in the act of creating, he stands in a relaxed pose, his slipper-covered feet quaintly crossed, lazy curl of smoke rising from his cigarette. The tools of Hankar’s profession, T-squares, ruler, plumb line, become decorative framing elements. The elegant honeycomb of hexagons serves as a literal and figurative support for the architect’s beige silhouette. The bees allude, no doubt, to Hankar’s prodigious output. This poster was acclaimed in 1897 by the French art critic and poster artist Alexandre Demeure de Beaumont to be ‘perfect’ and ‘among the best, if not the best of Crespin.’ The watercolour preparatory work is preserved at the Musee d’Ixelles in Brussels”(Brussels, p.72)
- Adolphe Crespin
- Chaix - Paris
Size: 11.5'' x 15.5''
ID: # MA091
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- All Maitre de L'Affiche plates are printed on Collector's Edition Stock and are completely ready for Framing
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