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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) LA CARILLON DE PÂQUES RÉVEILLE LA NATURE. 1896. 21 3/4x16 1/2 inches, 55 1/4x42 cm. Condition A-: small tear at right edge; very light foxing spots in margins; La Plume blind stamp in upper left corner; full margins; hand-signed and numbered 12/46 by the artist in pencil. Paper. An early, Symbolist piece by Mucha, that was used for the cover of the magazine La Soleil du Dimanche. The image was instantly popular, and publishers vied for the privileged opportunity to produce it as a collector's print. La Plume announced on April 15, 1896, that it would be issuing the print, but it turned out that Arnould, a competitor, finally got the project. In his catalogue from June 1896, he offered the print from a run of only 46, for sale at 10 francs each. Rennert / Weill 8, Mucha Grand Palais 14, Darmstadt / Mucha 35, Lendl p. 131.