A French Art Nouveau "Salons des Cent XXeme Exposition" lithograph by Alphonse Mucha. Salon des Cent was the exhibition hall associated with La Plume magazine. This poster was Mucha's introductory gift to La Plume in appreciation for being invited to join the magazine's roster of artists. La Plume eventually sold all of Mucha's posters through their art department and honored him with a one-man show the following year. The languorous woman with long, entwined, curling tresses represents feminine inspiration and ultimately became a symbol for the Art Nouveau movement. The quill and paintbrush she holds in her hand is a direct reference to La Plume-- both the exhibition hall and the magazine.A similar lithograph is described and pictured in: Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 72-75.
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