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Albert Robida : “The Egress of the Opera in the Year 2000” (c. 1902)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Published circa 1902, this futuristic vignette depicts the skies of Paris teeming with flying machines. Different styles are shown, some functioning as buses, limousines, and single-passenger craft. Curiously, they seem to be modeled on fish rather than birds.

The illustrator, Albert Robida, published a trilogy of science fiction novels titled Le Vingtième Siècle (1883), La Guerre au vingtième siècle (1887), and Le Vingtième siècle. La vie électrique (1890). They anticipated the widespread use of the telephone (“phonographe”) and television (“téléphonoscope”), modern warfare with submarines, guided missiles and poison gas, as well as the emancipation of women and other social developments. He founded the magazine La Caricature with George Decaux, serving as its editor from 1880-1892.

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