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Byzantine Heads. 1897.

Byzantine Heads. 1897.

Item Description:

Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)
Size: Each: 14 1/2 x 17 3/8 in./36.7 x 44 cm
Condition: A. Framed.
Printer: Imp. F. Champenois, Paris
Reference: Ref: Rennert/Weill 40, var 1; Lendl/Prague, p. 196-197 (var); PAI-LXXII, 315
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Mucha

Byzantine Heads. 1897.
"The mastery evident in creating two archetypes of the female form against a decorative background confirms Mucha’s artistic maturity. Both women, portrayed in profile, have their heads decorated with beautiful jewelry, the richness and oriental nature of which suggested the name Byzantine Heads for the series. The subtle differences in details between the paintings are worth noticing. For the first time, there appears the perfect form of Mucha’s often-used motif, circle framing each head interrupted by a strand of hair. With this device, it is as if Mucha’s unreachable beauties have broken the magic border between themselves and their admirers and suggest the possibility that they might, perhaps, meet" (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 192). (2)

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About The Artist:

ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)


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