Lot 213: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). C.S. / Y.W.C.A. 1922. 11x7 inches, 29x18 cm. V. Neubert A Synové, [Prague.]

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January 26, 2017, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) C.S. / Y.W.C.A. 1922.
11 1/2x7 1/4 inches, 29 1/4x18 1/2 cm. V. Neubert A Synové, [Prague.]
Condition A: minor time-staining at edges. Matted and framed. Unexamined out of frame.
"This poster was used for fund raising for the Czechoslovak YWCA in the year 1922. The movement came to Czechoslovakia after Alice Masaryk, the daughter of the first Czech President, Thomas Masaryk, became acquainted with its work while she stayed at the YWCA Settlement House in Chicago, where she was attending the University of Chicago during 1918 and 1919. She asked permission to open a branch in her homeland . . . [the] Prague branch of the World YWCA was opened in May, 1920 . . . Mucha''s poster was a part of the organization''s efforts to enroll more members and find the funds to build more homes for girls in the major cities in the country" (Rennert / Weill p. 356). This is the smaller format. Lendl p. 287, 150th Mucha 265, Rennert / Weill 107 (var 1), Mucha / Postcards 159, Mucha / Henderson 110, Mucha / Posters and Photographs 66 (var), Mucha / Bridges A67, Jiri Mucha p. 271.
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