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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Plate: PL. 202

Title: Papier a Cigarettes Job
Description: Condition 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 Rouge
by Toulouse Lautrec

"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, PAI-XLIX 389)

"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, p.136)

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 15)

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