Salon des Cent

Alphonse Mucha
Salon des Cent
lithograph
1896

An original Alphonse Mucha lithograph print.

1896

Original lithograph printed in five colors (beige, dark olive, carmine red, gray olive, gold) on wove poster paper.

Signed on the stone lower left Mucha

A superb, richly printed impression of the original version of this lithograph (apart from two later variations).  Published Leon Deschamps, La Plume, Paris; printed by F. Champenois, Paris

Catalog: Rennert/Weill 12: Malhotra 628; Bridges A7.

24 x 16 inches 

This poster is one of the artist’s first works to follow his standard archetype.  It advertises the twentieth exhibition of the group of artists who exhibited at the premises of the art journal La Plume, known as the Salon des Cent.  The members were famous Parisian artists: Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Steinlen, Ensor, Grasset, Rassnefosse, and the American Louis Rhead.  Mucha’s ambition was to become a member of the group, and he succeeded with this poster, which attracted the attention of the gallery owner, Léon Deschamps.  He visited Mucha in his studio while he was designing the poster.  Always the perfectionist, Mucha told Deschamps that the poster was far from finished and had yet to be worked on.  Fascinated by what he saw, Deschamps persuaded Mucha to print it in this unfinished version.  Mucha agreed, and the publisher’s feeling, that this lightly outlined, impressive poster would make Mucha famous, proved to be correct.

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