DRAWING OF A BUTTERFLY. An original illustration, published in Andelicek z Baroku [Little Baroque Angel] by Josef Hais Tıneckı.

An original drawing by Alphonse Mucha in pencil on heavy paper. Picturing a beautifully rendered butterfly and showcasing Mucha's characteristic delicate yet confident line-work. An illustration for Andelicek z Baroku [Little Baroque Angel] by Josef Hais Tıneckı, published by J. Otto in Prague, 1929 (appearing on page 103 of the first edition) The drawing itself measures 10cm x 7cm while the sheet of paper measures 21cm x 19cm. With two gallery ink stamps to the back. Signed in pencil to the lower right. Rare.

Mucha is known for his distinctive strong, sweeping, curved lines and natural motifs. His work has become the most loved and recognised representation of Art Nouveau, and continues to have a lasting impact on visual arts today. This original drawing offers a fascinating, intimate look at the artist's accomplished use of pencil. Provenance: Z umelecke pozustalosti ("From artistic inheritance, Alfonse Muchy") ink stamp on verso; "Narodni Galerie V Praze, vıvoz" ("National Gallery Prague, export") ink stamp on verso; purchased from Rizzoli Bookstore, New York, December 1973; private US collection.

Stock code: 17675


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