Everyone loves free stuff, and art lovers are no different. So it is with great pleasure that we can announce that the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has decided to give us all the free things by opting to provide us with free, downloadable versions of Art of the Poster 1880-1918, a curated collection of posters from the “Golden Age” of graphic design.
Featuring over 200 printed works, Art of the Poster 1880-1918 presents a look at lithography’s rise in popularity during La Belle Époque. It was during this time that artists like Alphonse Mucha, Jules Chéret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec popularized the art form, which gained public prominence thanks to new methods of production.
“In the late nineteenth century, lithographers began to use mass-produced zinc plates rather than stones in their printing process,” the Flickr set’s accompanying text explains. “This innovation allowed them to prepare multiple plates, each with a different color ink, and to print these with close registration on the same sheet of paper. Posters in a range of colors and variety of sizes could now be produced quickly, at modest cost.”
You can see (and download) this comprehensive collection of splendid works of avant-garde art on the Art of the Poster 1880-1918 Flickr page.