Nectar

Alphonse Mucha
Nectar
lithograph
1902

An original Alphonse Mucha lithograph print.

1902

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper

Signed on the stone lower right Mucha.

superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition issued in the album Documents Décoratifs, published by the Librarie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1902. One of 72 lithographs comprising the album, bearing the plate number, “Pl. 14,” in the margin upper right.

Catalog: Rennert/Weill A.8; Bridges L 31.14.

14 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Sheet Size: 17 x 12 5/8 inches

This design, depicting one of Mucha’s exquisite beauties with flowers in her hair and a circular halo behind her, has been identified in some sources as a poster. It is actually a plate from Mucha’s Documents Decoratifs, advertising a purely mythical product. It purpose was as an instructional example of advertising techniques for art students from what was essentially Mucha’s textbook on design. “Nectar” is one of the two most sought-after plates from Documents Decoratifs, which virtually encapsulated Mucha’s whole system of commercial design. Although it never appeared as a real poster, it contains all of his classic, stylistic Art Nouveau trademarks – a woman with stylized hair, a decorative halo behind her, dressed in a flowing gown, with text grouped at the top and bottom of the image, within a vertical format and with sophisticated decorative elements that support the vertical structure of the design.

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