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|Artist: Alphonse Mucha
|Title: Salon des Cent 1897|
Original colour stone lithograph,
Printed by Imp. Champenois,
Signed in the stone lower right
Reference: Rennert/Weill, 36; Lendl/Paris, 101; Mucha/Art Nouveau, 25; DFP-II, 638; Maitres, 114; Salon des Cent, p. 65; Salon des Cent/Neumann, p. 49;
Certificate of Authenticity.
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||17 3/4 in x
||45 cm x 61 cm|
"Mucha, for his own exhibition at the Salon des Cent, drew a “life-like girl with a twinge of homesickness; it is a decidedly Slavic face, with a bonnet featuring one of the embroidered regional patters that distinguish the folk costumes in his part of the world, and her hair is adorned with daisies, a symbol of the Moravian fields where Mucha spent his youth” (Rennert/Weill, p. 150).
Mucha. The father of Art Nouveau
"Alphonse Maria Mucha 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.
The Divine 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 Gismonda 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, jewelry and furniture and numerous posters. Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia in 1910, where he dedicated the remainder of his life to the production of a an epic series of 20 paintings depicting the history of the Slav people, the Slav Epic" (Mucha Museum)