Feb 13, 2020 - Sale 2529

Sale 2529 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 8,125
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
ARNOST HOFBAUER (1869-1944) HANA KVAPILOVA RECITACE. 1899.
43 1/4x32 1/4 inches, 110x82 cm. V. Neubert, Praha-Smichov.
Condition A-: small replaced losses, minor creases and restoration at edges; tipped to mount at corners. Framed.
Hana Kvapilova was the preeminent Czech actress of her era. Immensely popular, she was revered as both a national treasure and as a major force in the emancipation of women in Czech theatrical roles. No longer adhering so strongly to symbolism in his posters, Hofbauer depicts her dramatically staring at the viewer through the clever concept of her reflection in a mirror. Rare. We could find only one other copy at auction in the last 20 years. Mascha 140, Prazsky Chodec p. 36, Cesky Plakat p. 43, Czech Posters p. 20, Prague 1900 126, Art Nouveau p. 272.