LA PEINTURE

Alphonse Mucha
LA PEINTURE
lithograph
1898

An original Alphonse Mucha lithograph print.

(Painting)

1898

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper

Signed and dated on the stone lower right Mucha / 98.

A richly printed impression of the original version of this rare decorative panel (there was also a small edition printed on silk).  One of four panels from the suite Les Arts.  Published and printed by F. Champenois, Paris. 

Catalog: Rennert/Weill 54.3; Bridges P21.

22 x 13 13/16 inches

Sheet Size: 23 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches

In his suite of images celebrating the arts, Mucha dispenses with the use of traditional attributes such as quills, musical instruments or drawing materials.  Instead he emphasizes the creative inspiration of natural beauty by giving each of the arts a natural backdrop relating to the time of day: for La Peinture a flower lit by the midday sun which inspires the maiden to envision whole rainbows of colors radiating from it.
The suite
Les Arts was the highest priced of all Mucha’s graphic work offered for sale by the publisher/printer F. Champenois while the artist was under contract to him.

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