FRANCISCO TAMAGNO (1851-1923)created this fabulous French Art Nouveau L'ABSINTHE CUSENIER OXYGÉNÉE advertising poster in 1896 for the Paris publisher Camis. Overall, this is a very large 55x43 inches...close to 5 feet tall! The poster has been conserved and professionally framed with conservation glass in an ornate gilded frame that is 4" wide. Some wear and creasing apparent, but this only adds to the charm, and very, very few of these even come to market because the bulk of them have been lost to time and lack of preservation.
Francisco Tamagno was among the first wave of France's fanciful graphic advertising artists in the late 19th Century. His signature style is influenced by his Portuguese heritage, marrying French-themed art with bright, lively colors in highly pictorial settings. Born in Sintra, Portugal in 1851, in his early career he was a portrait painter. He moved to Paris in the 1880s to work as the house artist of the printer Camis, preparing theatrical playbills and later graduating to a variety of advertising posters. He died in Paris in 1923. This poster was designed for the distiller Cusenier and features a drinker who is actually Albert Brasseur, a well known Parisian actor, gesturing at his cocktail, trying to lure a lovely lady at the window to his table. The phrase "C'est ma sante" translates to "To my health." We think this would be a dinner party conversation-starter if hung in your dining room, with Monsieur Brasseur blessing your guests with good health!