The first studio to emerge was formed at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, the lithography studio there was occupied on the 16th of May and rechristened the ‘Atelier Populaire’. Poster studios were also formed at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, and the Ecole de Medecine among others. Many posters bear the stamps of these various studios as the posters were a collective effort and the artists remained anonymous in a rebuttal to bourgeois capitalist values. Ideas and slogans for posters were presented each day at a general assembly where workers, students and artists analysed the key political events they wanted to address and voted on how best the idea could be put over in graphic form.
The majority of the designs are screenprinted, as this was the fastest and most efficient way to produce large numbers of posters for immediate dissemination in the streets. Stencil, litho and offset was also used though. Many were printed on old newspaper paper from striking printers who also provided ink to support the movement. Under the cover of night volunteers would sneak out of the studios with the posters and paste them up over the walls of the Latin quarter ready for the new day ahead.
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