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Mothu et Doria. 1893.

Mothu et Doria. 1893.

Item Description:

Artist: THÉOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (1859-1923)
Size: 37 3/8 x 51 1/2 in./95.5 x 130 cm
Condition: C / Recreated top and right margins. Tears, largely at vertical fold.
Printer: Impressions Artistiques, Paris
Reference: Ref: Bargiel & Zagrodzki, 12A.2; Crauzat, 490; DFP-II, 780; Maitres, 46; PAI-LIX, 591
Key Words: Art Nouveau

Mothu et Doria. 1893.
There is no consensus as to what Steinlen's highly-regarded "Mothu et Doria" is actually trying to portray. A singing duo in Aristide Bruant's social-realist mode? A stage drama? Is it a moment of socioeconomic conflict or comity? All we really know is this: a gentleman, likely returning from the Opera, proffers a cigar so that a raffish gentleman with sunken cheeks can light his own cigarette, in the foggy gaslight of a Parisian night. Its ambiguity alone defines it as a superb work of art.

About The Artist:

THÉOPHILE-ALEXANDRE STEINLEN (1859-1923)

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