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(Ivančice 1860 - 1939 Prague)

Thalia, the muse of the comedy. 1897.

Ink on cardboard.

Signed lower left: Mucha.

62.7 x 16.7 cm.

The authenticity of this work has been

confirmed by the Mucha Foundation.


- Collection Henry Bataille, France.

- Collection Yvonne de Bray, France.

- Galerie Lecuyer, Paris.

- Private collection, Germany (acquired at

the above gallery, Salon du Dessin, Paris).

Literature: Cf. Rennert/Weill, Alphonse

Mucha: the complete posters and panels,

1984, p. 144.

Living in modest circumstances Alphonse

Mucha first makes his living with contracts

in scenography and later with book illustra-

tion. When he meets the famous actress

Sarah Bernhard in 1894 and receives an

order for a poster for the play "Gismonda ",

he has his final breakthrough. He becomes

the most famous poster artist of the Belle

Époque and his works are the epitome

of the French Art Nouveau. The work

offered for the auction here is a magnifi-

cent example of the modern style and the

artist’s immense talent for drawing. This is

a beautifully detailed, elaborate and espe-

cially rare ink drawing, which has been used

for various theatre announcement ads,

such as for the play La Dame aux Camé-

lias, in which Sarah Bernhardt personally


CHF 18 000 / 24 000

(€ 16 670 / 22 220)