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16.750 x 12.250 inches
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Original Print 1902 Mucha Document Du Decorateur 34
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Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939) is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. As a struggling and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses of this time, Sarah Bernhardt. Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha´s final design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved it and so did the public. ´Le style Mucha´, as Art Nouveau was known in its earliest days, was born. The success of that first poster brought a 6 years contract between Bernhardt and Mucha and in the following years his work for her and others included costumes and stage decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, jewellery and furniture and numerous posters (mucha museum).
Mucha's work was remarkably prolific: he was equally adept at enormous panels and intricate jewels or hair combs. The Mucha museum in Prague lays testament to the vision and breadth of skill which this artist had, and the legacy he left. Whether working in color or tone-on-tone (as he does here), his skill is unquestioned. This piece, published in a portfolio in 1902 was produced more or less in time with the Parisian World's Fair where Mucha designed the Bosnia-Hercegovina Pavilion. Documents + Figures Decoratifs was Mucha's attempt to pass his artistic theories on to the next generation. In actuality, it provided a set of blueprints to Mucha's style and his imitators wasted no time in applying them.(BPIB.COM) From a portfolio of roughly 70 sheets, this sheet, numbered 34 measures 12.25 x 16.75 inches, is in A condition.
August 15th, 2011
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