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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Item: LP.03

Title: Thy will be done ("Fiat voluntas tua" Latin)

Description: Cond. A
Original Lithograph, from "Le Pater"
printed by F. Champenois and
published by Henri Piazza in Paris, 1899.

From edition of only 510 printed
Deluxe version printed on Japon Paper

Ref: Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau No.72, p.222-223.

Presented in 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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Image Size: 10 3/4 in x 14 3/8 in
  27.5 cm x 36.5 cm
Price: temporarily out of stock

(Like many of my most sought after images I am usually able to locate this for clients. email me for a price estimate, Greg) To Request

Alphonse Mucha regarded the "Le Pater" series as his finest work.

"Le Pater, consisted of a series of seven drawings. The seven verses of the Lord's prayer are presented with illustrations by Mucha."

"Mucha felt that 'Le Pater' was his supreme achievement as an illustrator. This is one of the most stunning series of Mucha's I have ever had, and I can assure you the pictures you see here does not do them justice. The gold inks, the subtle hues, and the complex designs must be seen to be appreciated. They are in superb condition. The buyers of these Mucha would not be disappointed.
They are truly a real treasure." Greg

The Lord's Prayer (Latin)
Pater noster, qui es in clis;
sanctificatur nomen tuu,
adventiat regnum tuum,
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra (LP.03)
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie:
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Quia tuum est regnum, et potentia, et Gloria,
in secula... Amen.

The Lord's Prayer Words (traditional)
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name
thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done (LP.03)
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
the power and the glory, for ever and ever... Amen. (King James Bible AD 1611)

The images abound in Byzantine symbolism, executed and decorated in the very best art nouveau style.

The ornamental images of Le Pater allowed Mucha to represent the symbolism of the Lord's Prayer in the extravagantly decorative style that made him famous . . . Without exception, the French critics perceived Le Pater as a work of art in its own right, noteworthy for its imagery and vision . . . In the increasingly materialistic world, it is important for man's spiritual growth to contemplate works that are inspired by well-known text, and have the ability to enrich and invest it with additional meaning. Le Pater is one of such works; it challenges the imagination and the mind, and, as Mucha would have it, leads man towards the Light" (Le Pater, pp. 10-20).

Mucha, le pater: Illustrations pour le Notre-Pre
by Anna Dvorak

Anna Dvorak, the great Mucha scholar makes some excellent general observations: 'In Paris, the nineteenth century came to a close with the fireworks of the World Exhibition of 1900. Mucha had all the opportunity to prove his talent and versatility. He decorated with murals the pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and his numerous exhibition entries included his panneau decoratifs, posters, calendars, sculpture, jewelry, Documents decoratifs, Ilsee and the work on which he wanted to rest his laurels-La Pater, the illustrated Lord's Prayer.

In the context of Mucha's oeuvre, this artistic and literary work combines in a fortuitously unique way his philosophy, imagination, talent and skill, reflects his past achievements in decorative design, and is also a precursor of his future artistic developments. (Rennert/Weill )

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