The Poster
  • TitleThe Poster
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on panel
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 22,5 x 16 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 45 x 40 x 7 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johan Fredrik Höckert, Swedish, born 1826, dead 1866
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6817
  • AcquisitionPurchased 1986
  • Description
    Images and media

    The poster captivating the attention of these fashionable ladies is an advertisement for one of Paris’ more popular establishments, Bal Mabille. Here, the Parisians went to dance under artificial palm trees, ride roundabouts and buy refreshments – illuminated by 3,000 gas lights. It was here, also, that can-can was introduced to the French audience in the 1840s. The Swedish artist Höckert, who lived in Paris in 1851–57, was probably well-acquainted with Bal Mabille and its temptations – as the subtitle of this painting (Tentation) suggests.