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Welcome to our ongoing permanent exhibit dedicated to our rich heritage of poster art! In this exhibit, you can learn about the history of the poster, as well as view exhibits of some of the major contributors to this art form. Exhibits listed, but not currently linked, are coming soon!

Featured Exhibits

The History of the Poster
Read all about the revolution of the color poster, and how it transformed the streets of Paris, and ultimately, the world.

The Entertainers
There is little debate that the cabarets and revues of 19th century Paris played a big role in the proliferation of the poster. Learn about mysterious cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergere, and explore the worlds of Jane Avril, Sarah Bernhardt, and others!

Les Maîtres de l'Affiche
A WetCanvas! Exclusive! You can now browse the complete "Les Maîtres de l'Affiche" (Masters of the Poster) that was originally published in 1896. It contains 240 color reproductions of the most famous posters of the day, as well as 16 specially issued lithographs!

Related Exhibits from our Individual Artist Collection

Jules Cheret
The "Father of the Modern Poster", Cheret produced over 1,000 posters in his illustrious career in illustration. His name is inseparable in the field of color posters and lithography.

Jules Alexandre Grün
Perhaps one of the most innovative poster artists, illustrators and painters of his time, Jules Grün is truly one of the forgotten masters. View the largest collection of his works ever assembled online!

Please direct all inquiries, corrections, and submissions to curator@wetcanvas.com.