Jillian Kruse is a Curatorial Assistant at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, where she researches and writes on the museum’s print collection. She specializes in print culture and 19th-century French art with specific interests in popular culture, identity and the history of collecting. She received an MPhil degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College, Dublin.

Postermania: Advertising, Domesticated

Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda (1894-1895), lithograph in five colors on two sheets, 213 x 75 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

On 1 January 1895, when Alphonse Mucha’s poster depicting Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of Gismonda appeared for the first time on the hoardings of Paris, it caused a sensation. The strange name of this mysterious artist was suddenly on everyone’s lips, and eager collectors snatched Gismonda off the walls. …Read More