Feb 18, 2021 - Sale 2558

Sale 2558 - Lot 68

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000

ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)


82x30 1/2 inches, 208 1/4x77 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.
Condition B+ expertly-repaired tear at bottom edge into text and image; repaired tears at edges; minor creases in margins. Two-sheets. Mounted on Japan.

"Sarah Bernhardt played the male hero in Shakespeare's Hamlet, translated into French for her by Eugène Morand and Marcel Schwob. Mucha stresses Hamlet's relationship with the ghost of his murdered father, whose figure looms in the background, stalking the ramparts of Elsinore. Hamlet's obsession with death is emphasized by the inclusion of the drowned Ophelia in the poster who lies decorated with flowers, in the coffin-like panel at Hamlet's feet. Hamlet was the last poster Mucha made for Sarah" (muchafoundation.org). Rennert / Weill 63, Lendl p. 61, Brno 41, Mucha / Bridges A42, Mucha Grand Palais A38, Darmstadt 108, Triumph des Jugendstils 14, Spirit of Art Nouveau 15.