PARIS. Bon de Participation de F20. Serie A. black, blue. No 235169. Superb design by Alphonse MUCHA, of 'The Christian Faith Shining on the Darkness of Paganism', with an angel in front of St.Peter's. She looks just like a pop singer waiting to start singing into her microphone - an early Madonna? Large format, with coupons. Mucha (1860-1939) was born in the Moravia region of today's Czech Republic, and studied in Munich, Vienna and finally in Paris. His career developed from 1894, when he was commissioned to design a poster for a new play starring Sarah Bernhardt. Theplay was a sensational success, and Bernhardt gave Mucha a contract for six years to design her posters, and some of her costumes, calendars and menus. His fame spread. He became a leader of the sinuous flowery style, known as Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil, using fine and delicate colours. Commissions for posters poured in; some for commercial products, including beer, flour and paper. He showed a great variety of ideas and a vivid imagination, and could adapt these to a wide range of work. Hisrange included calendars, menus, prospectuses, insurance policies, share certificates, postage stamps, banknotes, posters, book and magazine covers and illustrations, lithographs, jewelry, lighting, and much else. His greatest days were in Paris, but he left the city in 1903 to work in U.S.A., and returning to Bohemia in 1910. Mucha had many admirers in Paris; among them was Léon Deschamps, director of the journal 'La Plume'. The journal published many of Mucha's works. After a successful firstshow of Mucha, at the gallery La Bodinière, Deschamps arranged a second, larger, show, at La Plume's own gallery, the Salon des Cent. This opened in June 1897. The show included 400 of Mucha's works, and La Plume published a special edition to mark the opening. The painting on this share appears in that journal. There is therefore no doubt that it is really by Mucha, even if the style is not quite what we expect of this artist. However, presumably by error, the printer has given the artist's nameas Alfred Mucha; as far as we know, no such person existed. Rare and wanted certificate.
Themes: EXHIBITIONS, RELIGIOUS
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