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Sale 2498 Lot 271
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [THE SEASONS.] Group of 4 decorative panels on fabric. 1896.
Each 35x21 inches, 89x53 1/4 cm.
Condition varies, generally B / B+: water staining from bottom into lower image of 3 panels; minor foxing in image. Mounted on period board. Framed.
"One of Mucha's most endearing and enduring sets. The idea of personifying the four seasons was nothing new...but Mucha breathed so much more life into it that this became one of the best selling sets of decorative panels" (Rennert / Weill p. 90). "Mucha's style of [this] time was characterized by brooding, melancholic figures, strong theatrical poses, and flowing robes that at the same time hide and reveal beautiful female bodies whose figures are outlined by bold decorative line" (Spirit of Art Nouveau p. 184). Rennert / Weill 18, Lendl pp. 182-3, Mucha P3, Spirit of Art Nouveau 44.
Estimate $8,000 - 12,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $7,500