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Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [OESTERREICH AUF DER WELTAUSSTELLUNG.] 1899. 38x12 inches, 96 1/2x30 1/2 cm. S. Czeiger, Vienna. Condition A: minor time-staining in margins; minor abrasion in left side of image. Matted and framed. Unexamined out of frame. This image is virtually unique among Mucha's work, as it does not display a woman posing on her own, but instead features a young ephebe unveiling a statuesque lady. It surpasses Mucha's normal, passively evocative images and borders on the overtly sexual. Contemporary publicity explained the image as "Paris revealing Austria to the world;" a revelation superbly drawn by Mucha, bathed in a palette of soft, earthy tones. An additional panel on the right side of the poster, absent here, was designed by the architect, G. Rossman, and depicts architectural renderings of Austria's various buildings at the Paris World's Fair of 1900. When the poster originally appeared, many collectors cut the piece in two and kept only the sensuous half designed by Mucha. Rennert / Weill 66, Wiener Plakat 90, Lendl p. 147, Brno 46, Mucha Grand Palais 159, Darmstadt 137, Mucha / Henderson 91, Mucha / Bridges A45, Triumph des Jugendstils 41, DFP-II 649.