Lot 130: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). [AURORE ET CRÉPUSCULE / DAWN & DUSK]. Two decorative panels. 1899. Each 18x34 inches, 47x87 cm. [F. Champen
January 26, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [AURORE ET CRÉPUSCULE / DAWN & DUSK]. Two decorative panels. 1899.
Each 18x34 1/2 inches, 47 3/4x87 1/2 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.]
Condition varies, generally B+: margins unevenly trimmed to image; overpainting added around edges; minor tears and abrasions at edges. Matted and framed.
This consummate pair of maidens at opposite ends of the day is a splendid and rarified vision of Mucha at the peak of his sensitivity and sensuality. With delicate pastel colors in an almost monochromatic palette, Mucha captures two serene, innocent and intimate moments. Only the slightest shift in color between the two signifies the differences in atmosphere. Couched beneath the boughs of a graceful tree, each figure is depicted in the style of a graphic lullaby. "Dawn is represented by a girl removing the coverlet from her naked torso as she looks towards to rising sun [and] Dusk is a somnolent beauty settling down in her bed under the last rays of the day" (Rennert / Weill p. 258). Only 1000 copies were printed. Rennert / Weill 70, Lendl p. 216, Mucha Grand Palais 135 & 136, Mucha / Henderson 31 & 34, Mucha / Bridges P32 & P33.