Artist posters are posters that visual artists have created especially for a particular purpose. Because they usually make them for their own exhibitions, they are completely free in their design – which of course enhances their artistic value.
The posters which have the highest degree of originality are those for which the artist himself has transferred the motive and the writing onto the picture surface. Posters with the lowest degree of originality are those for which the artist has merely given the printer more or less detailed instructions as to their execution and has then given him free rein.
LC usually gave his lithographer, Fernand Mourlot, a finished model – in the case of posters most often a collage – and approved the good for print only if he was fully satisfied with the final proof. The posters are consequently printed using the same process as his mostly hand-signed lithographs.
The edition size of a poster by LC printed by Mourlot can no longer be determined precisely. But the fact is that this posters were hardly considered worth collecting and most of them were pasted over or were destroyed by wind and weather anyway. These works are correspondingly rare and in high demand today, and correspondingly LCs original posters are now more rare than some of his artist graphics.