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Print, Plate 20, from "Figures Decoratives"

This is a Print. It was created by Alphonse Maria Mucha and published by Librairie centrale des beaux-arts. It is dated 1905 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is collotype on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This collotype is a plate from Alphonse Maria Mucha’s book Figures Decoratives (1905). The book, published by Librairie Central des Beaux-Arts, was something of a design handbook. Mucha would later recall that “[m]ore and more frequently I was asked to design all sorts of objects in every type of material from wood, gold, and ceramics to paper and tapestry. It was impossible to meet all these requests so I decided to publish a special work containing decorative elements and items where these elements could be used so that everybody would find what he wanted ready made.” The first of these books, Documents Decoratifs, featured decorative motifs and was published in 1902. Figures Decoratives, comprising 40 plates, was published subsequently. Mucha used the different plates as an opportunity to explore a variety of poses for the human body, incorporating geometric forms into his renderings of female figures and children. This particular plate, which features four separate figures staring contemplatively into the distance, demonstrates the languid, harmonious line that Mucha remains best known for.

It is credited Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

Its dimensions are

36.8 x 26.4 cm (14 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Lower left: Figures / Decoratives – par A M MUCHA; lower right: LIBRAIRIE CENTRALE DES BEAUX ARTS – PARIS

Cite this object as

Print, Plate 20, from "Figures Decoratives"; Alphonse Maria Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939); France; collotype on paper; 36.8 x 26.4 cm (14 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.); Gift of Harry C. Sigman; 2013-21-43

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