This stunning Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) Nouveau revival poster dates to the 1960's when wonderful Art Nouveau posters were being re-printed in London using the most famous and evocative posters of the 19th century.
Athena Press, London, were at the forefront of this revival and I have a personal collection of Mucha posters from this period printed by them. They all look stunning framed and are of such high quality that..unlike modern poster prints..could be mistaken for the 1890's originals.
This one is extremely rare. Entitled 'La Dame L'Ours' it depicts a beautiful dark haired maiden reclining semi-nude on a large bear skin rug.
The blue and green color scheme is vibrant and arresting. A truly fine poster by the master of Art Nouveau..Czech artist Alphonse Maria Mucha.
The original poster measured 18" x 12" and was designed in 1901 as Plate #47 (See pics #3 and #4) of a decorators style book issued in 1902 by Emile Levy entitled 'Documents Decoratifs' (Art et Decoration Revue Mensuelle d'Art Moderne')..'Panneaux decoratifs, etudes des applications de fleurs, papiers peints, frises, vitraux, orfeverie.72 planches. Preface de Gabriel Mourney'.
The original is housed in Libraire Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris. This poster is much larger than the original and a real statement piece.
Measuring an imposing 22" x 34", it is signed in the print lower right and dated 1901 by the artist and anotated with letters and a number (as is the original) lower left.
The printers details are..Athena Reproductions London, Printed in England. 6158. (c1960)
A copy of the original is currently on sale in France for $3,400.00 USD. Making this beautiful poster a very affordable alternative.
With minor wrinkling to the edges, a very small 1/2" tear in the margin lower right and occasional edge pin holes (all of which will matt and frame out) the Vintage condition is very good.
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