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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Item: Lm_set_2

Title: Le Mois (The Months) Set Two
Description: Cond. A, Set of two Original covers, for "Le Mois" Issue No.51 and 52. March and April 1903, Paris. Signed and dated lower lower right in the plate.
Presented in two 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 6 1/4 in x 9 7/8 in each
  16cm x 25cm each

Price: Sold set of Two
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Le Mois, Litterarire et Pittoresque
English: Literary and Picturesque Month.

A monthly publication which appeared from 1899 to 1917. This very general cultural review relayed, like many other publications produced by the Maison De La Bonne Presse.

Mucha designed a background that was reused each month, rich ornamentation composition and graphic compositions similar to other images of his created at the same time. The vertical side strip illustrates the themes addressed by the review. Each issue had at its center a medallion encapsulating the work of various artists. 

The first 12 numbers are illustrated by Mucha themed Month. These drawings were presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. The medallions were reused for review the following years, sometimes (for no obvious reason) without correspondence with the original title. They were reproduced in full in Zlata Praha in 1901.

"The drawings for the centre medalions are actually variations on a recurring theme, a female figure posing in a circular outline. Mucha endevours to differentiate ornamental space of the cover from the contextual medalion led to his using a special drawing technique that created the volume of the fiqures and brought out considerably enhanced details of the individual faces. It is worth noticing that Mucha captured more movement in these medallions, which results in an increase in the dynamism." (Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau)

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