Lot 211: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). PRINCEZNA HYACINTA. 1911. 50x35 inches, 127x90 cm. V. Neubert, Prague.
January 26, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) PRINCEZNA HYACINTA. 1911.
50x35 3/8 inches, 127x90 cm. V. Neubert, Prague.
Condition B+: repaired tears, creases, minor losses and staining in margins. Partially mounted to board. Framed.
In 1904, Alphonse Mucha left Paris to move with his family to America. He returned to Prague in 1911, and for the rest of his life focused his attention on the Slav Epic. This was his first poster completed upon his return and it can be seen as a bridge between the two major aspects of his career - embodying the stylistic Art Nouveau flourishes that garnered world attention and spawned the term Le Styl Mucha, as well as representing the ethnic imagery and symbolism of Czechoslovakia, which was becoming more and more important to the artist. Rennert / Weill 97, Lendl p. 273, Brno 59, 150th Mucha 257, Mucha Grand Palais 333, Mucha / Japan 140, Darmstadt 364, Arco p. 95, Sarah Mucha p. 88, Mucha / Henderson 101, Mucha / Posters and Photographs 143, Mucha / Bridges A59, Jiri Mucha p. 264, Triumph des Jugendstils 208, Spirit of Art Nouveau 34.