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Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Posters

Unidentified Artist, Untitled German Carnival/Circus Poster, ca. 1920, color lithographic print on paper, linen backed, gift of Cox Communications, 2013.323.

The High’s collection of posters encompasses designs by celebrated artists such as Jules Chéret and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and by commercial illustrators such as René Ravo and Francisque Poulbot. The posters advertise a variety of products, from cabaret performers and entertainment venues to political newspapers and trade magazines. Stylistically they range from Belle Époque vivaciousness to modernist sleekness.