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Sixth Sokol Festival. 1912.

Sixth Sokol Festival. 1912.

Item Description:

Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)
Size: 31 7/8 x 65 3/8 in./81 x 166 cm
Condition: B / Unobtrusive folds; slight tears at edges. Framed.
Printer: V. Neubert & Sons, Smichov
Reference: Ref: Rennert/Weill, 99; Lendl/Prague, p. 275; Mucha/Art Nouveau, cover & 36; PAI-LIX, 489
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Mucha

Sixth Sokol Festival. 1912.
“The falcon (in Czech, ‘Sokol’) is the largest bird of prey to be found in the Czech woods... Its name was used by a seemingly innocuous athletic organization that was founded during the dark era when the Slav nations of Central Europe were the unwilling subjects of Austrian rule. The purpose of Sokol was to train young people in athletics and organize, every four years, a country-wide gymnastics competition along the lines of the Olympic games. But the real purpose was much deeper: the Sokol was a fervently patriotic political society which worked tirelessly to arouse the nationalistic spirit and throw off the Austrian yoke... The quadrennial Sokol Festival held in 1912, the sixth since the practice was put into effect in 1892, was the last one in which the patriotic message still had to be concealed from authorities; two years later, World War I broke out, and the older order was on its way to perdition. Mucha’s poster for the event is a happy combination of the realistic with the symbolic: the girl with the garlands and the staff with Prague’s emblem on it is real, while the dimly adumbrated young woman in the background holding a spiked ring and a falcon is a symbolic figure” (Rennert/Weill, p. 338). This is the extremely rare version of the poster with the complete bottom text panel.

About The Artist:

ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)

$ 30,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 403 in PAI-LXXXIII: Rare Posters
AUCTION DATE: Feb 16, 2021 at 11:00am EST



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