The direct scan of this Alphonse Mucha postcard doesn't do it justice because the scanner cannot register the gilded leaf design and the gold circle behind the lady. In the angled photo, you get a better idea of how 'glam' this Art Nouveau beauty is.
Entitled "Reverie avec un livre dont les pages s'envolent" (Reverie with a book whose pages fly) the woman in a typical Neo-classical flowing gown has a book in her lap with pages flapped open and falling out. She does indeed have a far-away look on her face, as if lost in one of the many places that books can take us. Her gown is a soft green, which matches the flowers in her hair. The gilded circle behind her offers a hint of pink.
The sender had a lot to say and employed a common tactic used back then: writing vertically over the initial horizontal message. Needless to say, I didn't even attempt to decipher any of the message (other than the date: April 4, 1902) since it is in Spanish.
This card was mailed to Ana Maria in Tarragona. Another Mucha card addressed to her is listed here: http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7857/Alphonse-Muchax27s-Femme-La-Plume-1902
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Square corners and very little sign of being over 112 years old. Album impressions at the corners are more feelable than seeable. Overall, a stunning addition for any Mucha collector.
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