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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Item: M3A

Title: Incantation/ Salambo

Description: Cond. A+, Original Lithograph,
issued by L'Estampe Modern, October 1897, Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
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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Also Includes:
Original tissue overlay with commentary by Gustave Flaubert.
Original cover (lithograph) by Mucha,
See example
Issue Number 6, October 1897, with reference to special addition of this Mucha on inside cover.

Sheet Size:12 in x 15 3/4 in
 31 cm x 40 cm

"Salambo was the daughter of Hamilcar, the barbaric ruler of Crathage; in 1862, Gustave Flaubert wrote a romantic novel with her as a subject, in which she was searching for a magic veil (seen here trailing from her shoulder) that was supposed to aid her father in conquering the world. However, the veil's power proves to be illusory, Salambo dies shortly after finally obtaining it for naught"(Rennert PAI)

"Mucha was probably the single most famous and influential artist of the whole Art Nouveau movement in Europe. The lithograph he drew for L'Estampe Moderne, 'Salambo- L'Incantation' is an outstanding example of the finest period of his decorative style…With it's combination of an exotic richness, an overt and luxuriant sensuality, and the marvelous flowing sinuous patterns of line and colour it created a whole new era of taste" (Weston No.1 1999, 28)

Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Modern was a publication printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. As well as Mucha, some of the contributing artists included Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset. This is from the series with the blindstamp in the margin lower right corner.

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