Lot 218: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). PEVECKE SDRUZENI UCITELU MORAVSKYCH / [MORAVIAN TEACHER''S CHOIR.] 1911. 42x30 inches, 106x77 cm. V. Neuber

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January 26, 2017, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) PEVECKE SDRUZENI UCITELU MORAVSKYCH / [MORAVIAN TEACHER''S CHOIR.] 1911. 42x30 1/2 inches, 106 3/4x77 1/2 cm. V. Neubert Smichov, Prague. Condition A-: minor repaired tears at edges; minor creases in margins and image; scratches in lower margin. Framed. Unexamined out of frame. "The Moravian Teachers'' Choir began as a small singing group of teachers and grew into a world famous professional choral ensemble with a repertoire of classical, popular and folk music. Some of the songs were composed by Leos Janacek, whom Mucha met in Brno as a choirboy" (Spirit of Art Nouveau p. 176). The poster "depicts a young girl in a folk dress typical of the Moravian town of Kyjov, with a dark blue embroidered apron worn over a red skirt. The red is repeated on her scarf and on a geranium, a flower blooming in many cottage windows. The girl, sitting in the forked branches of a tree, listens with great concentration to a singing bird" (ibid). "The idealized, ultra-elegant and ethereally lovely Mucha maiden of his Paris period has been replaced by a pert, down-to-earth rustic lass" (Rennert / Weill p. 336). The poster also appears with a bottom sheet depicting a photograph of the choir as well as a printed schedule of performances. Grand Palais A68, Lendl p. 274, Brno 60, 150th Mucha 258, Rennert / Weill 98, Mucha / Japan 141, Arco p. 96 (var), Sarah Mucha p. 89 (var), Mucha / Henderson 100, Mucha / Bridges A58,Triumph des Jugendstils 205, Spirit of Art Nouveau 35, Darmstadt P68.
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