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Artist: Hohenstein German (1854-1928)

Plate: PL. 180

Title: Opera Comique "Iris"
Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1899.
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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Maitre Sheet Size:11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in
 29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $850.00 USD

Full size estimated at $15,000- $20,000
Swann Auction Galleries, N.Y. Dec. 2003.

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.

"Hohenstein 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…The virtuosity with which he makes figures emerge from an overloaded frame…They (his posters) all have the same freedom, the same richness of invention in layout and ingenuity of the lettering"(Weill p.84)

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