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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) LANCE PARFUM "RODO". 1896. 16 3/4x12 inches, 42 1/2x30 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition B: small replaced losses and repaired tear from right edge, into central image; repaired tears, creases and small replaced losses in margins; foxing stains in image. Matted and framed. This charming, graceful poster was designed early in Mucha's career, yet already exhibits the heart and soul of his design aesthetic. He incorporates the whole image and text into a sophisticated frame and uses a mosaic halo behind his angelic figure. What differentiates this piece from Mucha's subsequent works, is the intricate precision of the women's chemise, later replaced by diaphanous gowns, and her hair, which bears only a scant resemblance to the 'exquisite arabesque of luxuriant hair, which became the artist's trademark' (Rennert / Weill p. 82). Mucha also designed the packaging for this perfume. Rennert / Weill 14 (var 2), Lendl p. 113, Brno 11, Mucha Grand Palais A. 21, Mucha / Henderson 55, Art Nouveau p. 114, Spirit of Art Nouveau p. 59.