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The Seasons. 1896.

The Seasons. 1896.

Item Description:

Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)
Size: Each: 19 5/8 x 38 7/8 in./50 x 98.7 cm
Condition: A/ Matted to image. Framed.
Printer: Imp. F. Champenois, Paris
Reference: Ref: Rennert/Weill,18; Lendl/Prague, p. 182-183; Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 186-187; PAI-LXXVII, 294
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Mucha

The Seasons. 1896.
“One of Mucha’s most endearing and enduring sets... Spring is a blonde sylph who seems to be fashioning a makeshift lyre out of a bent green branch and her own hair, with some birds as interested spectators. Summer, a brunette, sits dreamily on the bank of a pond, cooling her feet in the water and resting her head against a bush. Autumn is an auburn lady, making ready to partake of the ripe grape. Winter, her brown hair barely visible as she huddles in a long green cloak, snuggles by the snow-covered tree trying to warm a shivering bird with her breath” (Rennert/Weill, p. 90). It’s not only the passage of time that makes this series rare—they were difficult to find even at the time of their publication. The editor of The Poster couldn’t help a reader locate this set back in 1899, concluding: “they are getting scarce” (January 1899, p. 42). This is the first state before any addition of text. (4)

About The Artist:

ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)


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