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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Item: image02

Title: L'Image Cover.
Description: Cond. A, Original cover, from "L'Image" engraved by Vibert, Editor Floury, Issue No.1, Dec 1896, Paris

Reference: Mucha/Bridges R6a

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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Size: 8 7/8 in x 11 7/8 in
  22 cm x 29.6cm

Price: $950 USD

L'Image: Revue Mensuelle Artistic et Litteraire Translation: L'Image monthly journal of literary and artistic figures decorated on wood.

L'Image was a monthly magazine published between December 1896 and December 1897 by the Wood Engravers Corporation of France. Of the twelve published issues, Mucha designed the first cover and subsequent covers were designed by De Feure, Verneuil, Victor Preuve, Paul Berthon, Marcel Lenoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. The magazine was formed as a concerted artistic effort to revitalize the art of wood engraving and as a protest against the encroaching processes of mechanized illustration. (Swann)

Lautrec's L'Image cover view

"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)

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