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Lot 117: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). NECTAR. Documents Décoratifs, pl. 14. 1902. 16x10 inches, 42x27 cm. [Emile Levy, Paris.]
January 26, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) NECTAR. Documents Décoratifs, pl. 14. 1902.
16 3/4x10 5/8 inches, 42 1/2x27 cm. [Emile Levy, Paris.]
Condition A-: minor abrasion in central image; mat staining, time-staining, minor tears and pencil marks in margins. Matted and framed.
This poster design is one of the two 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. Rennert / Weill A8, Lendl p. 247, Mucha / Henderson 87 (var), Mucha / Bridges A31.