Prints, photographs, and posters
From renowned artists to anonymous masters, from works of art to graphic resources...
Posters and graphic arts
Compagnie française chocolat thé. Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923)
Posters, most of which have been added to the Prints and Photographs department under the legal deposit scheme, may be either anonymous or created by renowned artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, or Cassandre. The collection recounts the history of posters, and works can be consulted by both artist’s name and subject (titles of lyrical works, films, advertising brands, etc.).
The Library holds France’s largest graphic arts collection:
- works by graphic designers (Jean Widmer, Paul Rand, Pippo Lionni, etc.)
- books by artists (works of art in the form of books, many of which have been published using industrial techniques, excluding any considerations of sophistication)
- graphzines (collective graphic design albums)
- ephemera (artists’ postcards, artists’ stamps, flyers, etc.)