Feb 02, 2012 - Sale 2267

Sale 2267 - Lot 59

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [REVERIE.] 1897.
26x19 1/2 inches, 66x49 1/2 cm.
Condition A-: creases in top corners, slightly affecting image. Matted and framed.
This was one of Mucha's most popular designs. It exists in several variations, as Champenois capitalized on its popularity and sold it to many different clients, always imprinting the new firm's name on the image. This is the variant with no text that was sold by La Plume to collectors and connoisseurs. The image of a young girl lost in a daydream, with an album of prints opened on her lap, is a highly decorative impression in colors that Mucha did not often employ (oranges and yellows), and it has a peaceful, serene atmosphere. The composition is classically Mucha's, with the maiden depicted with a halo behind her (albeit larger and more intricate than normal), filled with floral stylization that mingles with the flowers she wears in her hair. Rennert / Weill 39 var. 2, Gold 36.