Feb 02, 2012 - Sale 2267

Sale 2267 - Lot 57

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [SEA HOLLY.] 1902.
28x13 inches, 73x35 cm.
Condition B+: tears, discoloration and mat staining in margins; tape along edges on verso. Paper.
One of a pair of panels known as Heather and Sea Holly, although their official titles are "Thistle of the Beach and Heather of the Cliffs . . . Mucha himself, according to his son Jiri, always referred to the pictures as 'la Bretonne' and 'la Normande' . . . as both the plants and the costumes worn by the ladies are representative of two ancient seacoast provinces of Northwestern France, Brittany and Normandy" (Rennert / Weill p. 290). Rennert / Weill 80, Triumph des Jugendstils p. 113.