Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 138

Price Realized: $ 6,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [LA FLEUR.] 1897.
24 1/4x14 3/4 inches, 61 1/2x37 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.
Condition B+: repaired tear in left margin into central image; restored loss in lower right corner; repaired tears at edges, some affecting image; creases and minor abrasions in image; loss in upper right corner, not affecting image; trimmed. Paper. Matted and framed.
One of two panels, Le Fruit and La Fleur, in which "Mucha pays tribute to his main source of inspiration, nature's bounty and feminine grace . . . there is surprisingly little ornamentation" (Lendl p. 198). Despite this, the viewer's eye is drawn to the intricate rendering of the lace on the maiden's gown and the exquisite detail, color and shading of the flowers. Rennert / Weill 44, Lendl p. 199, Mucha / Henderson 39, Mucha / Bridges P17, Triumph des Jugendstils 75.