Century Guild Grand Guignol Poster Collection
October 13, 2018

Two shocking posters from the infamous Théâtre du Grand-Guignol!

Century Guild began collecting rare macabre posters from Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol when we opened in 1999, and since that time we've devoted a large part of our research to celebrating the legendary theater of terror!

Le Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, popularly known as "The Grand Guignol," was a small theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris that inhabited a former chapel.  From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it introduced the idea of shock theater, creating the most horrific performances of terror, a brief respite of comedic relief, then quickly returning to unbridled terror.  The plays explored violence and madness, and the grotesque special effects would frequently be TOO realistic: it was not uncommon for audience members to faint during performances.  Contemporary artists known for sophisticated and intelligent shocking of their audiences (including Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Clive Barker, and Tim Burton) mention the legend and reputation of The Grand Guignol as a major influence on their work.

Century Guild Grand Guignol Original Theater Poster Edition Print La Sorciere

1. LA SORCIÈRE (The Witch)

La Sorcière was presented by Eddy Ghilain in 1961 while the theater was under direction of Christiane Weigant; this occult-themed play was one of the last presented before the theater closed its doors forever. In this poster, a witch is crucified by daggers and burned at the stake while the entwining smoke suggests mystery by forming a billowing question mark.

Century Guild Grand Guignol Original Theater Poster Edition Print The Man Who Killed Death

2. L'HOMME QUI A TUÉ LA MORT (The Man Who Killed Death)

L'homme qui a tué la mort featured "the most assassinated woman in the world"–certainly in the history of any performance medium–the voluptuous actress Paula Maxa, who by her count was murdered over 10,000 times on the small stage.  Written in 1928 by René Berton, the play was presented during the era when the theater was in its heyday.  The poster features a macabre image of the scientifically reanimated head of a guillotine victim.

Our most recent archive project will reproduce the shocking and macabre imagery of two rare and iconic Grand-Guignol posters in fine, large-format extremely limited edition museum prints. The original posters are in our possession, were photographed at high resolution, and then printed on a heavy cardstock to create the highest quality limited edition facsimiles!

Grand Guignol Century Guild Original Theatre du Grand Guignol Poster Edition Prints


1. LA SORCIÈRE (The Witch)

2. L'HOMME QUI A TUÉ LA MORT (The Man Who Killed Death)

  • Each print edition is limited to 100 
  • Created from high resolution images captured from the original posters in The Century Guild Museum of Art archive
  • 16.25" x 24" on heavy cardstock



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