Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)
Title: Papier a Cigarettes Job
Plate: PL. 202
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" 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.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Full size (16 in x 20 in) sold for $ 24,000 US Poster Auctions International, N.Y. Feb 2022
The "Job" is the most rare, most expensive, and most sought after of all the "Maitres de L'Affiches" along with the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec
"This is Mucha's single most famous work, though it seems impossible that such flamboyant effort would be devoted to selling cigarette papers. But the exotic tendrils of her hair conjure up the fractal whorls of smoke from an idle cigarette. The image is breathtaking; the beauty intoxicating. Photographs are seldom able to capture the metallic gold paint used for the hair, which gleams and radiates in the light, delivering an experience not unlike a religious icon." (Rennert)
"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)