Steinlen, Alexandre Theophil

1902 Original Vintage Cocorico Magazine Cover by Steinlen

$2,500.00
  • 1902 Original Vintage Cocorico Magazine Cover by Steinlen

Steinlen, Alexandre Theophil

1902 Original Vintage Cocorico Magazine Cover by Steinlen

$2,500.00

Date: 1902
Size: 9.25 x 12 inches (12 x 12 inches with binding)
Artist: Steinlen, Theophile Alexandre

Cocorico was a French magazine first published in 1898. It was produced by the artist Paul-Émile Boutigny and featured many artists of the Art Nouveau movement including Alphonse Mucha and Théophile Steinlen. The magazine had 63 issues which were published in five volumes and later housed in three binders - two being from the publisher featuring a rooster designed by Steinlen. This cover, with its dark blue background, gold lettering, and reflective black lines, is the first of the bindings and was designed to hold the magazines issued from 1898-1899.

Alphonse Mucha designed six Cocorico covers and the magazine's title bar, but this image of Steinlen's was chosen to embody the French publication because of its purity of style, its elegant Art Nouveau lines, and because "Cocorico" is the French onomatopoeia for the rooster crow ("cock-a-doodle-doo!") and as such is a French victory roar, the rooster being one French emblem.

This iconic image is greatly prized by collectors of Art Nouveau and those who appreciate vintage posters (and their history!). The front cover measures 9.25 x 12 inches, and with the binding (with the vertical "Cocorico") it measures 12 x 12 inches. It is in excellent condition for its age, showing signs of wear between the binding and the front cover, and around its edges.