Alcoholby Pierre Bonnard
French Bonnard Champagne Tile Poster
Woman enjoying French Champagne on tiles.This tile version of Bonnards most famous poser was produced for and hung on the walls of the factory of La Maison de Champagne in La Haubette-Tinqueux-les-Rems, France, in 1891. This was the only copy ever executed in this medium. Bonnard was just 24 when he made his first foray into lithography and poster design, but his initial effort, France-Champagne, was a stunning success. The great poster connoisseur, Maindron, immediately called it one of the most interesting works to be seen on the walls of Paris. It created a marked contrast to Cherets colorful fairyland: it was sparse and subtle, making the most of a few strokes of black against a muted yellow and pink background, with ingenious composition and fluid lettering. Some saw in it the first major advance in the art of poster-size prints since the work of Daumier a generation earlier (Wine Spectator, 57).