Zodiac 1897 Calendar by Alphonse Mucha Vintage Xzendor7 Old Masters Art Reproductions
Painting - Digital Art Reproduction
Zodiac 1897 Calendar by Czech Painter Alphonse Mucha (Alfons Maria Mucha: 1860 - 1939) one of the most popular and well known artist of the Art Nouveau Period.
Zodiac c1896 is an outstanding example of Mucha's Art Nouveau Mastery. It was the first piece of artwork he created for the print company Champenois, and it incorporates twelve zodiac symbols situated as a halo disk behind a side profile of a young lady's head.
It is beautifully adorned with various patterns and a complex floral arrangement made up of plants, flowers and vines, which are placed along the perimeter of the image; while the young lady with her flowing orange hair has her head adorned with a jeweled headdress of gold and ivory pieces; with a globe above her forehead and pendants hang on the side of her face; accented with a large jeweled and ivory necklace.
This piece gained the notice of Léon Deschamps, who at the time was the chief editor of La Plume Magazine and he purchased the rights to distribute the artwork as the magazine's calendar of 1897. This was one of Mucha's most popular designs, with at least 9 variants being made including the base image that contains no text which was created in 1896.
At the top is the inscription LA PLUME - Revue Bi-Medsuell Illustree Ab 12:00 15 par An Le 60 ccop - 31, Rue Bonaparte, Paris - Salon des Cent_Bibliotheque Artistiqu et Litteraire
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
July 13th, 2021
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