Alphonse Mucha
Size: 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches - Original Lithographs
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Maitres de l'Affiche
Gismonda
Price: $4500
Date: 1896
Print Code: Pomuc027

Maitres de l'Affiche
Salon des Cent
Price: $8500
Date: 1897
Print Code: Pomuc094

Maitres de l'Affiche
Lorenzaccio
Price: $4500
Date: 1898
Print Code: Pomuc114

Maitres de l'Affiche
La Dame aux Camelias
Price: $7500
Date: 1898
Print Code: Pomuc144

Maitres de l'Affiche
La Samaritaine
Price: $4500
Date: 1899
Print Code: Pomuc166

Maitres de l'Affiche
Bieres de la Meuse
Price: $8500
Date: 1899
Print Code: Pomuc182

Maitres de l'Affiche
Job
Price: On request
Date: 1900
Print Code: Pomuc202

Estampe Moderne
Salome
Price: $6500
Date: 1897
Print Code: Pomuc001

Estampe Moderne
Incantation or Salammbo
Price: $6500
Date: 1897
Print Code: Pomuc002

Magazine Cover
Quartier Latin
Price: On Request
Date: 1897
Print Code: Pomuc003

Magazine Cover
Soleil du Dimanche
Price: On Request
Date: 1897
Print Code: Pomuc004

The "Les Maitres de l'Affiche" series was offered as a subscription series to collectors. Every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900, subscribers received by mail, 4 loose sheets (Maitres) with a cover sheet. It was sold in Paris for 2.50 francs for one month's subscription, (4 Maitres) and for 27 francs for 12 months (48 maitres), plus special (bonus) plates. Maitre's were never issued in a book form, but a binding of the 12 months Maitres was offered to subscribers, at the end of the year, with a beautiful hardcover design by Paul Berthon for 8 Francs.
The "Maitres de l'Affiche," were issued as separate numbered sheets, referred to as "plates" (PL). They were numbered, with the printers name "Imprimerie Chaix," in the margin at the bottom left hand corner, "PL.1" to "PL.240." In the margin at the bottom right hand corner of each, is a blind embossed stamp from a design of Cheret's.

Each overall plate measures approximately 11 3/8 in. x 15 3/4 inches. (29 cm x 40 cm).

"Alphonse Maria Mucha is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. As a struggling and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses of this time, Sarah Bernhardt. Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha's final design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved it and so did the public. "Le style Mucha", as Art Nouveau was known in its earliest days, was born. The success of that first poster Gismonda brought a 6 years contract between Bernhardt and Mucha and in the following years his work for her and others included costumes and stage decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, jewelry and furniture and numerous posters. Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia in 1910, where he dedicated the remainder of his life to the production of a an epic series of 20 paintings depicting the history of the Slav people, the Slav Epic" (Mucha Museum, Prague)