This artwork is from Les Maitres de L'Affiche series; miniature versions of outstanding stone lithograph artworks by the finest most important advertising posters artists.
An original design by Georges De Feure, in which he has chosen a favourite subject, Woman reading. Expertly drawn, the woman is mesmerized by the reading of the book with little dog watching and ghosts looking on in an old village. A very slight use of yellow detail against the dark background adds to the deep feeling of this amazing image. This is a wonderful example of the genius of De Feure.
Subscribers to the Maitre de l'Affiche series received four special plates annually. These premium original lithographs, each an original design, were created specifically for this series, and are not seen in any other format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced versions of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the Special Plates (Sp), as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity and skill. The artist is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise, and can express himself more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence of graphic art, with only one or two colours. For many collectors, these unique Special Plates are more desirable than any of the regular plates.