Sold for $5520.00 US Swann Auctions , N.Y. Jan 2007
‘Documents Decoratifs’ epitomizes Mucha’s technical skills and expertise in capturing the organic and curvilinear style characteristic of Art Nouveau.
"This poster design is one of the most sought-after individual plates from Documents Décoratifs. Like the other plates in the portfolio, it was created as a teaching method, "advertising a purely mythical product" (Rennert / Weill p. 390), which visually encapsulated Mucha's whole oeuvre of commercial design. Although it never appeared as a full-sized poster, it contains all of his classic, stylistic Art Nouveau trademarks - a woman with stylized hair, a decorative halo behind her, dressed in a flowing gown, with text grouped at the top and bottom of the image, within a vertical format and with sophisticated decorative elements that support the vertical structure of the design." (Swann)
"Documents Décoratifs, published in 1902 by the Libraire Centrale des Beaux-Arts (72 original colour lithograph plates where included), was Mucha's artistic creed, that authoritatively set down the precepts of Art Nouveau and it's decorative elements…it influenced a whole generation of artists..." (Rennert/Weill)
"[Documents Décoratifs is] . . . an encyclopedic source for Mucha's style in every branch of decorative and applied art and one of the few books on design where even individual plates are sought after by collectors." — Marina Henderson, The Graphic Style of Alphonse Mucha
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