BISCUITS LEFÈVRE-UTILE

Alphonse Mucha
BISCUITS LEFÈVRE-UTILE
lithograph
1896

An original Alphonse Mucha lithograph print.

1896

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper

Signed on the stone lower left Mucha.

A superb impression of the original version of this subject (apart from two slightly modified “variants”), with the calendar for 1897 printed in the semicircular base below the figure.  Commissioned by Lefèvre-Utile, Paris; printed by F. Champenois, Paris, with his credit line added to the stone lower center. 

Catalog: Rennert/Weill 22; Bridges C5.

23 7/8 x 17 1/16 inches

Sheet Size: 24 3/16 x 17 inches

One of Mucha’s most personable young ladies, her hair cascading irrepressibly in fine style, is offering a dish of wafers in this exquisite design.  The calendar for 1897 is imprinted on a semi-circular base.  Note the initials “LU” in the upper part of the golden ornamental border that protrudes into the picture at right.  The design of the girl’s dress incorporates sickle and wheat emblems, elements appropriate to the subject matter.

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