Category Archives: Vintage Posters

Braque, Georges

Georges Braque was trained to be a house painter and decorator like his father and grandfather. However, he also studied serious painting at the École des Beaux-Arts, in Le Havre, from 1897 to 1899. In 1903, he attended the Académie Humbert, also in Paris, and […]

Cezanne, Paul

By the end of his life Paul Cézanne was recognized as one of the great masters of his era. His treatment of color and form as inseparable descriptors of the physical world was nothing short of revolutionary. Cézanne was born in Aix, where his schoolmate […]

Chagall, Marc

Marc Chagall was born in 1887 in Vitebsk, Russia. He began to display his artistic talent while studying at a secular Russian school, and despite his father’s disapproval, in 1907 he began studying art with Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg. It was at this time […]

Dufy, Raoul

From Paris to the Riviera, Raoul Dufy’s lively watercolors capture the essence and energy of France during the early 20th century. Born in LeHavre, Dufy began his studies there, taking night classes at L’cole des Beaux Arts. In 1900, after being awarded a scholarship to […]

Kandinsky, Wassily

Born in Moscow in 1866, Wassily Kandinsky was an Expressionist whose dazzling watercolors were influenced by Russian folk art and French Impressionists such as Claude Monet. His works from 1910 are considered the first abstract paintings. Kandinsky had a law career in Moscow until he […]

Leger, Fernand

 Fernand Legér was born of peasant stock in Argentan, Normandy in 1881, but left the land at sixteen to become an architect’s apprentice in Caen. After completing his military service, abandoned architecture for painting and studied briefly at the Beaux-Arts. Between 1905 and 1910, […]

Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French postimpressionist painter, lithographer, and illustrator, documented the bohemian nightlife of late-19th-century Paris. Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi into one of the oldest aristocratic families.  By the time he was 10 he had begun to draw and paint. At 12 young Toulouse-Lautrec […]

Van Gogh, Vincent

Vincent van Gogh, for whom color was the chief symbol of expression, was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. The son of a pastor, brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere, Vincent was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. Between 1860 and 1880, when he finally decided […]