Eugène Samuel Grasset (1841 - 1917)

Lot 29: EUGÈNE GRASSET (1845-1917). JEANNE D''ARC / SARAH BERNHARDT. 1894. 45x29 inches, 115x73 cm. Draeger & Lesieur, Paris.

Swann Auction Galleries

January 26, 2017
New York, NY, US

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Description: EUGÈNE GRASSET (1845-1917) JEANNE D''ARC / SARAH BERNHARDT. 1894.
45 1/2x29 inches, 115 1/2x73 3/4 cm. Draeger & Lesieur, Paris.
Condition B+: minor repaired tears, creases, minor restored losses and overpainting in margins and text; creases, minor losses and restoration along vertical and horizontal folds. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Sarah Bernhardt commissioned this poster from Grasset five years before she settled on Alphonse Mucha as her premier poster designer. Grasset''s initial design features the actress looking skyward, with a head of curly hair. When "The Divine Sarah" saw this image of herself as Joan of Arc, she was dissatisfied with his portrayal, and had Grasset redo the poster so that she appeared with straight hair, staring defiantly out of the poster. Wember 372, Arwas p. 41 (var), Murray Robertson p. 111, Abdy p. 127 (var), Theaterplakate p. 29 (var), Art Nouveau p. 101, Affichomanie 129, DFP-II 399a, Schardt p. 99.
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