When Hearts are Trumps

Artist: Will Bradley American (1868-1962)

Title: When Hearts are Trumps

Plate: PM.33

Description: Condition A.
Original lithograph from the "Das Moderne Plakat" series, View entire collection (50) 
Printed by Verlag von Gerhard Kuhtmann, Dresden, 1897.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat. 
Certificate of Authenticity.

Plakat Sheet Size: 8 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in 21 cm x 29 cm

Price: $225.00

Full size sold for $2,990 US Poster Auctions International, NY. May 2008

 

"The art poster in America was mainly a product of the publishing trade, and by the mid 1890's, posters had become an accepted extension of a publisher's normal activities. To herald a book of 'society verses' titled 'When Hearts are Trumps' the Chicago firm of Stone and Kimball publishers of 'The Chap book' and American issuers of 'The Yellow book' turned to Bradley. He came up with this vaguely disturbing, erotic image. A besotted faun and nymph entwined with grapevines and each other." (Rennert, PAI-XX, 156)

 

"Bradley designed a curvilinear, Beardleyesque poster printed in vermilion and green for Tom Hall's 'When Heart's are Trumps'…this poster is one of the masterpieces of Art Nouveau style in America" (Lauder, p.17)