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Artist: Alphonse Mucha Czech (1860-1939)

Plate: PL. 27

Title: Gismonda
Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1896.
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.
See our Terms of Sale
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in
  29 cm x 40 cm

Price: $2950.00 USD Rare
Greg's suggested set with
PL.114, PL.144, PL.166

Full size sold for $14,400 US
Poster Auctions International, NY. Nov 2012

"The Maitres de L'Affiche by Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec have appreciated more than any other in the series and are the most sought after by the serious collector"

"For Mucha, proponent of Art Nouveau, woman was a subject of reverence, even worship, and nowhere, did he express it more eloquently than in his first poster for the immortal actress Sarah Bernhardt. 'Gismonda' was a biblical period piece whose Palm Sunday procession in the third act allowed Mucha to cloth the actress in a gown of Byzantine opulence and to give her a wonderful expression" (Gold p.107)

"…at the appearance of Gismonda on the billboards, Paris was bowled over; an obscure illustrator (Mucha) became an overnight celebrity, and posters were suddenly discussed seriously as an art form in circles which would have before not even deigned to grant them a passing mention… Mucha's masterly composition, his unereing eye for decorative detail, flawless draftsmanship and an exquisitely delicate sensitivity for muted colours combined with his skill in lithography to produce a masterpiece" (Wine Spectator ,71)

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