This very rare original French Lithograph is from the L'Estampe Moderne series issued between 1897 and 1899.
Executed by French Art Nouveau painter Armand Point (1861-1932), it exquisitely depicts 2 gorgeous young women in Medieval attire. They are reading an illuminated manuscript book and casually observing Mount Etna erupting in the background.
Entitled 'Legende Doree' (The Golden Legend) it is an illustration incorporating a conglomeration of the many stories in the Medieval 'best seller' by Jacobus de Voragine, compiled around 1260, and originally titled 'Readings of the Saints'. One of the first books printed in English by William Caxton in 1483, it contained such tales as 'St George and the Dragon' and the 'Eruption of Mount Etna'.
The volcano can be seen in the background of the illustration.
The colors are stunning. As clear and fresh as the day they were applied to the paper. And enhanced by the addition of some light hand gilding.
Signed and dated lower left and bearing the official 'blind' stamp of authenticity (pic 3) top right, (see pic #1), it was published by Champenois, Paris in the 5th edition of L'Estampe Moderne in September 1897.
The Lithograph comes complete with it's original tissue cover, with details of the artist and the stories in the 'The Golden Legend'.
The Antique condition is very good and it measures 16" x 12", with the graphic going almost all the way to the edge of the sheet. This is one of the very rare L'Estampe Moderne lithographs that are now so popular they are no longer available on the world market.
L'Estampe Moderne series consisted of 4 limited edition (1050) Lithographs, issued monthly in a cover by Alfons Mucha. See picture #4. The original price was 3 Francs 50 Centimes.
Original L'Estampe Moderne Lithographs are highly sought after and this is one of the most beautiful in the series. As the great Galleries and Museums of the world are now collecting the entire series, they are becoming almost impossible to find, especially in good condition.
Item ID: RP265
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