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Alphonse Mucha "La Plume - Zodiac" Lithograph


Demonstrating the full maturity of his style, Alphonse Mucha's "La Plume - Zodiac" lithograph includes every one of his signature design elements in their most fluid and elaborate incarnations. The Zodiac is executed in a rich, earthy palette that counters the linear opulence of the composition, just as the serene composition of the central female figure calms the tone of the piece, which is alive with dynamic intricacies. The otherworldly maiden with golden locks is framed by a sky blue halo featuring the twelve signs of the zodiac, and sits above an elegantly executed calendar. Framed by natural elements, such as the lush vegetal patterning in the upper corners, and regal, Celtic inspired motifs in the lower borders, the piece is finished with an eye catching architectural splendor.

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Item #: YML-20370
Artist: Alphonse Mucha
Country: France
Circa: 1896
Dimensions: 25" height, 18.25" width (unframed); 36.5" height, 26.5" width (framed)
Materials: Lithograph paper, Giltwood gesso frame
Signed: "Mucha"
Literature: Pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 100-102 

The image was originally published as a calendar by F. Champenois but was quickly bought by La Plume, who began issuing it as a calendar with their own name at the top. The image was a huge success and was ultimately used for a variety of different advertising purposes.