Aug 05 at 10:30 AM - Sale 2577 -

Sale 2577 - Lot 150

Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000

LEONARDO BISTOLFI (1859-1933)

PREMIÈRE EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS MODERNES. 1902.


41x57 1/2 inches, 104x146 cm. Doyen de L. Simondetti, Turin.
Condition B+: expert overpainting in margins; expertly repaired tears, creases and restoration in margins and image and along vertical and horizontal folds.

Bistolfi was an important Italian sculptor who is credited with having designed only this one poster. It promotes an art show in Turin that has become historically significant. Not only was it the first international exhibition of modern decorative art, but it was the show that launched the Liberty style in Italy. It is also considered by some to signify the beginning of the end of the Art Nouveau era, as it introduced elements of contemporary design that would slowly evolve into the De Stijl, Art Deco and Bauhaus schools. Regardless of the historical interpretation, the show highlighted some of the greatest European designers. Bistolifi's image is a captivating symbolic representation of muses dancing in a field. Clad in the flowing robes of antiquity, the bolt of fabric they carry spells out "Ars," art. This is the larger format and French version. Bolaffi p. 22, Manifesto 38, Maitres 1900 p. 125, Wember 136.