F. CHAMPENOIS IMPRIMEUR – EDITEUR (Reverie)

Alphonse Mucha
F. CHAMPENOIS IMPRIMEUR – EDITEUR (Reverie)
lithograph
1897

An original Alphonse Mucha lithograph print.

1897

Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper

Signed on the stone lower right Mucha.

A superb impression of the original version of this famous Mucha design (there were six additional variations also printed). Published and printed by F. Champenois Imprimeur, Paris, bearing his name and address in the upper panel.

Catalog: Rennert/Weill 39; Bridges C8.

24 15/16 x 18 13/16 inches

Sheet Size: 28 5/8 x 22 ¾ inches

This is one of Mucha’s best designs. It’s extraordinary beauty lead to its being printed in several different variations during the artist’s lifetime. For many years it was known as “Reverie,” the name given to the decorative panel widely sold without the lettering. However, closer research appears to establish that the original use of the design was as an in-house poster for the printer to usher in the new year of 1898. The year, which was designated in the upper corners in the first issued version, may also indicate that it was intended to be used with a calendarium attached to it. Due to its desirability it did become a stock poster, sold to various clients for diverse uses.
The design shows one of Mucha’s most captivating maidens leafing through what may be a sample book of printers’ designs. The circular decorative halo behind her is one of the largest in terms of its relation to the size of the picture.

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