Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 29

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
45 1/2x29 inches, 115 1/2x73 3/4 cm. Draeger & Lesieur, Paris.
Condition B+: minor repaired tears, creases, minor restored losses and overpainting in margins and text; creases, minor losses and restoration along vertical and horizontal folds. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Sarah Bernhardt commissioned this poster from Grasset five years before she settled on Alphonse Mucha as her premier poster designer. Grasset's initial design features the actress looking skyward, with a head of curly hair. When "The Divine Sarah" saw this image of herself as Joan of Arc, she was dissatisfied with his portrayal, and had Grasset redo the poster so that she appeared with straight hair, staring defiantly out of the poster. Wember 372, Arwas p. 41 (var), Murray Robertson p. 111, Abdy p. 127 (var), Theaterplakate p. 29 (var), Art Nouveau p. 101, Affichomanie 129, DFP-II 399a, Schardt p. 99.