Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
LUDEK MAROLD (1865-1898) L'EQUITABLE DES ETATS - UNIS. Group of 4 calendar sheets. 1899.
Each 8x13 1/2 inches, 20 1/4x34 1/4 cm. [Lemercier, Paris.]
Condition A / A-: slight fading in text. Matted and framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Ludek Marold and Alphonse Mucha lived parallel lives. Both born in Czechoslovakia, they met and became friends while studying art together in Vienna. In 1889, Marold received a grant to study in Paris, and Mucha followed him one year later. From 1894-95, Marold worked for the Parisian printer Lemercier, and was likely responsible for introducing Mucha to the printer. For this French branch of an American insurance company, Marold employed an easy and accessible Art Nouveau style that was more illustrative than graphic. In an almost painterly manner, Marold presents his version of the four seasons. Marold returned to Prague shortly before his premature death in 1898.