Full size estimated at $15,000- $20,000
Swann Auction Galleries, N.Y. Dec.
For the opera 'Iris', Hohenstein creates a very dramatic composition,
using wondrous hot and cool colours, combined with exquisite art nouveau typography.
The overall effect is breathtaking. An extremely rare poster.
can stand as a father to the Italian poster
His figures were treated with
impeccable photographic realism, and colours with a palette of dazzling richness
which plays with the effects of light and shade. From the beginning, the boldness
of his posters left the French poster artists far behind
With all the flamboyance
and excess of the Italian temperament, he played with forms and colours
virtuosity with which he makes figures emerge from an overloaded frame
(his posters) all have the same freedom, the same richness of invention in layout
and ingenuity of the lettering"(Weill