This exuberant image of the American dancer Loie Fuller captures the cabaret culture of fin-de-siècle Paris. Fuller was an important attraction, embodying l’Art Nouveau with her innovative choreography and diaphanous silk costumes illuminated by multicolored electric lighting. One of the most famous printmakers of the late nineteenth century, Chéret is often regarded as the originator of the artistic lithographic poster. His innovative crachis techniquespattering rather than painting a wax resist onto the lithographic stoneallowed him to create a shimmering effect with relatively few impressions.
Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.