Hohenstein German (1854-1928)
Original lithograph from the "Ricordi
Printed in Italy 1914. View entire
Presented in 16 in 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:
|| 10 in x 14 in
|| 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm
|Price: $650.00 USD Rare
Full size sold for $11,500.00 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. May 2011.
"Hohenstein’s design for a motorboat exhibition and race is simple
but spectacular: from aboard a boat, looking across the bows of a
smart helmswoman, we see the waters off Monaco teeming with craft
and sparkling in the sun. The artist returns to his trademark method
for balancing the visual interest of a distant background versus a
large format figure: he allots most of the color to the former, and
renders the latter in a few sparse lines and the brown of the paper."
"Hohenstein spent his whole career with Ricordi the great Italian
publishing company. He began working there in 1889 designing sheet
music covers for operas. Shortly thereafter he became art director
of the firm and began to design posters. He had a large influence
on the young artists who joined the studio (Metlicovitz, Dudovitch,
Capiello, Laskoff, and others) many of whom went on to great renown.
After work in the early 1890s, which clearly shows the influence of
Jules Cheret, Hohenstein's work, incorporating elements of Mucha's
art, began to find its own flamboyant style" (Swann)
This is a selection from the very rare commemorative portfolio published
by the renowned Italian printer Ricordi in 1914. The portfolio consisted
of 70 lithographic plates (smaller versions) of Ricordi's greatest
posters printed between 1895 and 1914. Many of the images in the series
are so rare that they can be found today in no other format. In the
1870s, Ricordi opened an in-house lithography shop to promote its
operas and sheet music business. Ricordi quickly became the leading
lithographer in Italy and by 1895 was creating posters for other clients
such as Campari, the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera, and the
Mele Department store of Naples. Under the tutelage of Adolfo Hohenstein,
a brilliant stable of artists emerged at Ricordi. Artists including
Cappiello, Caldanzano, Cavaleri, Dudovich, Laskoff, Metlicovitz and
Mataloni brought Art Nouveau, known as Stile Liberty in Italy, to
a world class level. Much like the famous Maitre
de L'Affiche series created by Cheret
in Paris, this portfolio celebrated the rise of the poster - which
in Italy was almost single-handedly accomplished by Ricordi.