• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 542

    ALPHONSE MARIE MUCHA (1860-1939)

    Model for Documents Décoratifs, Paris, c. 1900

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    ALPHONSE MARIE MUCHA (1860-1939)
    Model for Documents Décoratifs, Paris, c. 1900
    albumen print
    4¾ x 3½in. (12 x 9cm.)


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    Alphonse Mucha, a Czech active in Paris around 1900, was the most successful poster artist of his era and a key and highly influential exponent of Art Nouveau. He published his Documents Décoratifs, for which this image is a preliminary study, as a source book for his enthusiastic audience and followers. Mucha's principal subject was the female figure, often adorned with stylised flowers. A gifted draftsman, he worked from life but also from photographs that he staged and executed himself. These were for personal use and not for trade and very few vintage prints have found their way on to the market.

    Provenance

    By descent to Jiri Mucha;
    to Graham Ovenden; acquired before 1983


    Literature

    Mucha, Henderson and Scharf, Alphonse Mucha: Posters and Photographs, St. Martin's Press, 1971, p. 121, scored with a grid; Ovenden, Alphonse Mucha: Photographs, Academy Editions, 1974, pl. 49, p. 54 and backcover of dustjacket; Particulars, pl. 67, p. 23


    Exhibited

    George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Particulars, 1983