Original Matrixes - Alphonse Mucha

Publication: Menu - La Journee Sarah Bernhardt, 9 December 1896

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Alphonse Mucha

Original copperplate matrix created by the hands of Alphonse Mucha, for the realization of the famous menu of the dinner for Sarah Bernhardt during the so called  Journée Sarah Bernhardt of December 9 1896, a memorable date for the actress career.
Dimensions 16,5 cm. x 24,5 cm. Object in excellent condition. The plate is signed on the bottom left.

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 Museum, Prague). Sold.