Mucha designed three covers for the periodical Au Quartier Latin. Here, the reclined beauty with the flowing locks is the Queen of Queens, holding in her arms a procession of heckling townspeople.
The poem, below, incites gluttons to be charitable: "Think of the hungry, sybarite! For the poor and suffering that the Latin Quarter houses, buy this album."
"After the success of his first poster Gismonda, Mucha signed numerous contracts to illustrate for various magazines and poster commissions.
One of these magazines is Au Quartier Latin. This particular image is a cover from a publication in 1897. The magazine was printed by Paul Dupont during the early stages of the Art Nouveau era and gets its name undoubtedly from the section of Paris with the same name. The magazine was devoted to the arts and the Latin Quarter of Paris was known for its scholarly and education establishments.
This cover is an excellent example of Mucha's art nouveau style as it reflects natural and real forms. This cover also shows Mucha's personal style as he commonly illustrates women represented in a most beautiful and elaborate way with inspiration being drawn from stained glass colors." (http://www.alphonsemucha.org)
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