Artist: Alejandro De Riquer Spanish (1856-1920)
Title: 3ra Exposition de Bella Artes
Plate: PL. 64
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1897.
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.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
Price: $625.00 Rare
Full size sold for $ 9,600 US Poster Auctions International, NY, July 2020
"De Riquer was the earliest Spanish posterist of note, and, as can be seen from this design for an 1896 exhibition of arts and crafts, he was right up there with contemporary Art Nouveau pioneers, particularly Mucha and Livemont. He studied and traveled extensively in Europe, absorbed the influence of William Morris in England, and became quite versatile at various forms of design in many media. He produced illustrations, prints, ex-libris, and several murals. His posters continue to guide succeeding generations of Spanish graphic artists." (Rennert)
"De Riquer was Spain's most successful exponent of the Art Nouveau style, and this poster for the Third Barcelona Exhibition of Fine and Industrial Arts to be held in 1896 is a good example of it. The two woman, one with palette and statue, the other with chalice, represent art and industry" (Phillips III, 577)
"The 'modernist' poster was essentially of French inspiration: it's principal protagonist, De Riquer, had lived in Paris and found his models there. He was very much inspired by Grasset and Mucha whose ornamental style and mosaic background he adopted. His colours are harmonious and delicate" (Weill p.82)