"Masquerade" by Jules Cheret Cheret's style and originality are what made his work so distinctive. The manner by which he applied his paints to the canvas was also revolutionary and helped to dissolve Academic restrictions for future artists.
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Cheret's Artistic Style

His works were not reproductions of drawings or paintings that already existed; these were truly original creations by Cheret. They were not colors printed one on top of the other, but rather colors separated and balanced, with each vibrant color unique and standing on its own in perfect harmony with the other colors; a symphony of color brilliantly orchestrated by Cheret. Cheret is credited with elevating lithography to an art form. His innovative color lithographic process would later be used by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

In 1891 Lautrec created his first poster, "La Goulue" for the Moulin Rouge. Earlier in 1889 and 1890 Cheret created two posters for the Moulin Rouge. Cheret fused modernity, innovation, established artistic quality, and commercial effectiveness in a mixture guaranteed to attract Paris’ attention utilizing the background of the Moulin Rouge. Cheret painted the iconic "Cherettes" and he was famous for these light-footed beauties. Lautrec’s works depicted the dancers La Goulue and Valentin le Desosse and through the Moulin Rouge poster and the dancer figures it contained, Toulouse- Lautrec received his first public acclaim as an artist.

 
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