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Alphonse Mucha "Hamlet" Lithograph


This French Art Nouveau lithograph, entitled "Hamlet," by Alphonse Mucha, is one of several posters that Mucha designed for the renowned actress, Sarah Bernhardt. In this lithograph, she is shown in the role of Hamlet, performed in her theater in Paris in 1899. Pictured in the background is an evocation of the night scene in Elsinore Castle, and in the banderole below, is an image of the dead Ophelia.


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Item #: ML-19238
Artist: Alphonse Mucha
Circa: 1899
Country: France
Dimensions: 81.5" height, 30.125" width (unframed); 89” height, 38” width, 2” depth (framed)
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: “Mucha” in the lower left corner
Literature: Lithograph pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The complete posters and panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, p. 239 (cat. 63)

Hamlet was one of several male roles that Sarah Bernhardt performed; Shakespeare's play was adapted in French exclusively for Bernhardt by Eugène Morand and Marcel Schwab.