Lot 137: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). BRETONNE DE GUÉRANDE PAR MUCHA / [SEA HOLLY.] 1902. 27x11 inches, 69x29 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris].
January 26, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) BRETONNE DE GUÉRANDE PAR MUCHA / [SEA HOLLY.] 1902.
27 1/2x11 1/2 inches, 69 1/2x29 1/4 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris].
Condition B+: multiple sharp horizontal creases through image; repaired tear at lower left corner, into image. Matted and framed. Unexamined out of frame.
One of a pair of panels known as Heather and Sea Holly, although their official titles are "Sea Holly of the Beach and Heather of the Cliffs . . . Mucha himself, according to his son Jirí, always referred to the pictures as ''la Bretonne'' and ''la Normande'' . . . as both the plants and the costumes worn by the ladies are representative of two ancient seacoast provinces of Northwestern France, Brittany and Normandy" (Rennert / Weill p. 290). Rennert / Weill 80 (var 1), Triumph des Jugendstils 97 (var), Lendl p. 229 (var), Mucha Grand Palais 270 (var), Darmstadt 267 (var), Mucha / Henderson 50 (var), Mucha / Bridges P44.