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The Stars. 1902.

The Stars. 1902.

Item Description:

Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)
Size: Each: 11 3/4 x 30 7/8 in./29.8 x 78.5 cm
Condition: A/ Slight stains at edges. Framed.
Printer: Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown)
Reference: Ref: Rennert/Weill, 82; Lendl/Prague, p. 236-237; Mucha/Art Nouveau, 55a-d (var); PAI-LXVII, 451
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Mucha

The Stars. 1902.
“In this series, Mucha began to see the decorative panel as painting with a meaning deeper than mere ornament. He connected his attraction to higher ideals, expressed through the stars, with his recurring theme of beautiful women personifying the stars as floating female figures... The dramatic quality of the movement of the individual figures is also remarkable, resembling the great baroque artistic heritage of Mucha’s country" (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 206). “The suggestion of pale moonlight and clouds chasing across the night’s sky is done beautifully. Note the subtle shadings conveying the idea of indirect lighting, which permeate each scene with a strange mystic quality, haunting and mysterious, unique in Mucha’s works. And the flowery borders are virtual textbook examples of Art Nouveau as carried out by its master” (Rennert/Weill, p. 297). Seen left to right in the illustration are the moon, the Evening and Morning Stars—both aspects of Venus—and the North Star. This is the larger format. (4)

About The Artist:

ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)

$ 60,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 402 in PAI-LXXXIII: Rare Posters
AUCTION DATE: Feb 16, 2021 at 11:00am EST



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