Hand pulled lithograph on vintage press, sequentially numbered. Vintage 1911. Artist-Lucien Metivet. Chromist-SP; 1999
During the Belle Époque period in France, Absinthe was the drink of choice among the bohemian populace in the cafes and cabarets. Artists who frequently imbibed, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec and Degas, all featured the drink in many of their works. This advertisment for Pierrot was created by Lucien Métivet in 1911. Three years later, France followed Britain and The United States and outlawed the drink in France.
Lucien Métivet (Lucien Marie François Métivet) was a French poster artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and author who achieved notoriety during the Belle Epoque. Best known for his 1893 poster of the chanteuse Eugénie Buffet, he was also a popular cover artist for the Parisian humor magazine Le Rire and a frequent contributor of cartoons and illustrations to it and other magazines. He illustrated books by a number of prominent authors of the time and wrote at least two books of his own. Métivet was “a master in caricature, humorous illustration and lithographic techniques” who became “one of the most prominent illustrators of the 19th century.
Vintage 1911. Artist-Lucien Metivet. Chromist-SP; 1999