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Milwaukee Art Museum Receives 500 Works by Jules Chéret, ‘Father of the Modern Poster’

Jules Chéret, Les Girard, 1879, Lithograph, Promised Gift of James and Susee Wiechmann

Jules Chéret, Les Girard, 1879, lithograph.

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, PROMISED GIFT OF JAMES AND SUSEE WIECHMANN

The Milwaukee Art Museum announced today that it has been promised a gift of more than 500 artworks by Jules Chéret, the 19th-century designer and lithographer sometimes cited as the “father of the modern poster.” The gift has been promised by the collectors and Milwaukee natives Susee and James Wiechmann, who have also underwritten a prints-and-drawings curatorship that will be filled by Britany Salsbury, formerly of the art museum at the Rhode Island School of Design.

With their bold and expressive designs, Chéret’s posters on the streets of Paris went on to inspire the work of fellow artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard.

In a statement, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s director, Marcelle Polednik, said the Wiechmanns’s “extraordinary gift” will help to make the museum “an important center for the study of the art of the French poster.”

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