Size: 13.5 x 15 inches
About The Poster:
This Art Nouveau lithograph by Alphonse Mucha, designed as an illustration for the French Art Nouveau design magazine, Cocorico.
Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939) is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century.
As a struggling and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses of this time, Sarah Bernhardt. Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha's final design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved it and so did the public. 'Le style Mucha', as Art Nouveau was known in its earliest days, was born.
The success of that first poster brought a six-year contract between Bernhardt and Mucha and in the following years his work for her and others included costumes and stage decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, jewellery and furniture and numerous posters. Mucha was much sought after by both private and public clients, and Le Figaro Illustré used him frequently for cover and interior illustrations.
Each issue of Cocorico included sketches, literary works, and highly collectible artworks like this one. Signed in stone by Mucha and professionally matted.
This piece measures 13.5 x 15 inches (with matting). Image size 7.5 x 9 inches.