Louis Rhead’s Art Nouveau Posters

Louis Rhead was an acclaimed English-American artist and author. He created works in a variety of mediums, but remains most known for his striking Art Nouveau posters and advertisements.

Rhead emigrated to New York City in 1883 when he was just 24 years old to work as an art director at a US firm. He later capitalized on the poster craze of the 1890s, and the growing popularity of the Art Nouveau style.

Rhead’s excellent command of the figure and composition made him a sought after illustrator in his time. While less known than Alphones Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Aubrey Beardsley, Rhead deserves a place among the pantheon of his more well-known European contemporaries.

From the Library of Congress

1890-1900. Print by Louis Rhead. "Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume."

1890-1900. Print by Louis Rhead. “Try vio-violet a new Lundborg perfume.”

1896. Print by Louis Rhead. "L. Prang & Co.'s holiday publications."

1896. Print by Louis Rhead. “L. Prang & Co.’s holiday publications.”

1895. Print by Louis Rhead. "Photochrome engraving company."

1895. Print by Louis Rhead. “Photochrome engraving company.”

1896. Print by Louis Rhead. "Prang's Easter publications."

1896. Print by Louis Rhead. “Prang’s Easter publications.”

1890 - 1900. Print by Louis Rhead. "The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead."

1890 – 1900. Print by Louis Rhead. “The Quartier Latin. A magazine devoted to the arts / Louis Rhead.”

1895. Print by Louis Rhead. "The Century, midsummer holiday number."

1895. Print by Louis Rhead. “The Century, midsummer holiday number.”

1894. Print by Louis Rhead. "The Century magazine for June."

1894. Print by Louis Rhead. “The Century magazine for June.”

1894. Print by Louis Rhead. "Century Magazine - Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead."

1894. Print by Louis Rhead. “Century Magazine – Midsummer Holiday Number / Louis Rhead.”

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