Mucha Czech (1860-1939)
Plate: PL. 202
|Title: Papier a Cigarettes Job
A. Original lithograph from "Les
Maitre de L'Affiches" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1900.
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: $6400.00 Rare
Full size sold for $21,250 US
(approx 15 3/8 x 20 3/8 in)
Swann Auctions, NY. August 2014
The "Job" is the most rare, most expensive, and most sought
after of all the "Maitre de L'Affiches" along with the Moulin
"More than any other work of Mucha's, this beauty established
him as the master of convoluted hair and the creator of unforgettable
popular images; the poster was used for years in many variants all
over the world, sometimes with marginal text in various languages.
A classic by any standard." (Rennert,
"Jane Abdy called it "a secular icon," and indeed it
is a magnificent production, considering that it advertises cigarette
paper. "The background, in a dull imperial purple is a perfect
foil for the golden curls of the smoking girl, whose locks are spread
over the poster like the delicate filigree work of an Indian bracelet"(Abdy,
One of Mucha's all-time winners, this poster helped to popularize
the "Mucha girl" with the luxuriant hair, which became the
artist's instantly recognized trademark
Note the meticulous attention
to detail, for example the letters JOB worked ingeniously into the
purple background" (Rennert/Weill