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The 1890s was the beginning of the first poster graphics Not only have these posters been seen as advertisements but they are also looked upon as works of art Two excellent examples of different work done during this period are Alphonse Muchas Lorenzaccio 1898 and Henri Toulouse- Lautrecs Jardin de Paris 1893 Each poster is equally exquisite in its line style color composition and perspective Alphonse Mucha was born in 1860 and traveled to Paris in 1890 He designed posters in the fashionable Byzantine style of ornamentation In Muchas Lorenzaccio this can clearly be seen The poster is a cropped image in the vertical pillar style with elaborate ornamentation through out There is written word on the top and bottom as typical of many of his works By the writing around the figure we can see that the poster was intended to be made for Sarah Bernhardt The poster exhibits intricate flowing line with sharp outlines The active curvilinear line dominates the picture Its dramatic decorative design can be seen through the dragon that looks straight into our eyes There are distinct monochromatic colors of green brown and red Lorenzaccio is a heavily detailed two dimensional poster with no middle ground The subject is off in thought in the poster The clothing she is wearing particularly adds to the active line The background is extremely decorative Altogether the poster is created with a compartmentalized composition I would characterize Muchas work in the Art Nouveau style because of his use of decorative style with simplified forms His sharp curvilinear line full color tones and Cloisonisme composition add to the stylistic qualities However I believe that Henri Toulouse- Lautrecs Jardin de Paris is especially well designed as the use of a poster and work of art I prefer this poster better because of its different approach to advertising in a clear eye catching way and its use of distortion for effect Much of Lautrecs style comes
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