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February 09, 2019

Exquisite End Papers for the Clamshell Edition of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

 

A peek at the incredible process of master artist and craftsman Renato Crepaldi, as he creates hand marbled end papers for the clamshell edition of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism. Renato is one of the most talented paper marbling artists on the planet, and we are thrilled with his custom design! 

Le Pater

Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism 

Clamshell Edition of 200

  • Alphonse Mucha's "Eye of Providence" archival cloth clamshell box
  • Alphonse Mucha's "Amen/Ainsi-soit-il" facsimile 
  • Signed and numbered vellum title page
  • Hand-marbled end papers by Renato Crepaldi 
  • Full vegan leather cover with foil stamping

Alphonse Mucha Le Pater Symbolist Masterpiece Special Edition End Paper Renato Crepaldi Century Guild

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Le Pater
Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism 

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February 06, 2019

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece February Update (Video)

 

Twenty years of research. Two years of writing. From Albrecht Durer to the Invisible College, William Blake, the Exposition Universelle, and the Slav Epic; the printer's proof of Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism has arrived, and it is perfect! We are so excited to share this moment with you, please join author Thomas Negovan for a preview detailing the massive size and scope of the book!

 

 

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

AVAILABLE IN TWO DELUXE EDITIONS

Alphonse Mucha Le Pater Symbolist Masterpiece Lineage of Mysticism Thomas Negovan Century GuildAlphonse Mucha Le Pater Symbolist Masterpiece Special Edition Thomas NegovanCentury Guild

 DELIVERY SPRING 2019

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Century Guild Grand Guignol Poster Collection
October 13, 2018

Two shocking posters from the infamous Théâtre du Grand-Guignol!

Century Guild began collecting rare macabre posters from Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol when we opened in 1999, and since that time we've devoted a large part of our research to celebrating the legendary theater of terror!

Le Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, popularly known as "The Grand Guignol," was a small theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris that inhabited a former chapel.  From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it introduced the idea of shock theater, creating the most horrific performances of terror, a brief respite of comedic relief, then quickly returning to unbridled terror.  The plays explored violence and madness, and the grotesque special effects would frequently be TOO realistic: it was not uncommon for audience members to faint during performances.  Contemporary artists known for sophisticated and intelligent shocking of their audiences (including Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Clive Barker, and Tim Burton) mention the legend and reputation of The Grand Guignol as a major influence on their work.

Century Guild Grand Guignol Original Theater Poster Edition Print La Sorciere

1. LA SORCIÈRE (The Witch)

La Sorcière was presented by Eddy Ghilain in 1961 while the theater was under direction of Christiane Weigant; this occult-themed play was one of the last presented before the theater closed its doors forever. In this poster, a witch is crucified by daggers and burned at the stake while the entwining smoke suggests mystery by forming a billowing question mark.

Century Guild Grand Guignol Original Theater Poster Edition Print The Man Who Killed Death

2. L'HOMME QUI A TUÉ LA MORT (The Man Who Killed Death)

L'homme qui a tué la mort featured "the most assassinated woman in the world"–certainly in the history of any performance medium–the voluptuous actress Paula Maxa, who by her count was murdered over 10,000 times on the small stage.  Written in 1928 by René Berton, the play was presented during the era when the theater was in its heyday.  The poster features a macabre image of the scientifically reanimated head of a guillotine victim.

Our most recent archive project will reproduce the shocking and macabre imagery of two rare and iconic Grand-Guignol posters in fine, large-format extremely limited edition museum prints. The original posters are in our possession, were photographed at high resolution, and then printed on a heavy cardstock to create the highest quality limited edition facsimiles!

Grand Guignol Century Guild Original Theatre du Grand Guignol Poster Edition Prints

TWO RARE, ORIGINAL GRAND-GUIGNOL POSTERS


1. LA SORCIÈRE (The Witch)

2. L'HOMME QUI A TUÉ LA MORT (The Man Who Killed Death)

  • Each print edition is limited to 100 
  • Created from high resolution images captured from the original posters in The Century Guild Museum of Art archive
  • 16.25" x 24" on heavy cardstock

 

 

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Opium Silent Film Poster 1919 Limited Edition Fine Art Print Century Guild
June 23, 2018

Make 100: Rare Silent Film Poster Series - OPIUM (1919)

The third fine art print in our Make 100 Rare Silent Film Poster series, OPIUM is a deluxe edition of 100 museum-quality prints created directly from the only known surviving copy of the rare and iconic 1919 silent film poster.

Opium 1919 Silent Film Edition Print Century Guild Museum Permanent Collection Original Posters

In 1919, artist Theo Matejko created this lithograph for Robert Reinert's silent film OPIUM (starring Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Friedrich Kuhne, Sybill Morel, and Eduard von Winterstein). The image is a masterpiece of German Weimar decadence!

The original film poster measures an astonishing 4 x 6 feet, and while hundreds may have been printed, they were pasted onto walls to advertise the film; today, only a single copy is known to have survived.

Original Opium 1919 Silent Film Poster Century Guild Museum Permanent Collection


This project is our opportunity to reproduce the dynamic, sensual motion of the rare and iconic 1919 poster in a fine, large-format limited extremely edition museum print.

  • Limited edition of 100 
  • Printed from a high resolution file created from the only original poster from 1919 known to exist 
  • Large 20" x 29" poster on heavyweight gloss paper 
  • Blind stamped with the Century Guild emblem 

About the film


The subtle, dream-like hallucinations of opium achieved infamy as an intoxicant well before Robert Reinert's silent film Opium - Homer and Shakespeare romanticized the drug in verse; Keats, De Quincey, Freud, and Coleridge were addicts, and Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein under its influence.

To combat civil unrest in war-decimated Germany at the end of World War I, the Council of Peoples Commissioners abolished the military censorship instigated at the outset of the Great War. Film studios took advantage of this new freedom, and there was a sudden increase in "Aufklarungsfilme" (enlightenment films) pretending to be concerned with social welfare.

The film Opium sold out for three solid weeks, proving that the public's ravenous pursuit of titillation and stimulation was not unlike the starved condition of an emaciated opium addict. In the film, addiction, murder, infidelity, and sexual abandon plague a European doctor's quest to use the medical benefits of opium without all the messy side effects.

Unsurprisingly, after a year of horrific shock films and thinly veiled pornography played to thoroughly attentive audiences throughout all the major theaters in Germany, the government stepped back in to firmly reinstate censorship in May of 1920.

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Make 100: The lost 1919 poster for the silent film ALKOHOL
April 25, 2018

Make 100: The lost 1919 poster for the silent film ALKOHOL

A never-published poster design for the Weimar Era silent film– painted in 1919, finally printed 99 years later!

In 1919, German artist Oskar Hacker created a series of paintings as poster designs to advertise silent movies of the day. Among the artworks was a never-published design for Alfred Lind's 1919 film ALKOHOL.

99 years later, we are making this artwork available for the very first time in a large poster format!

ALKOHOL silent film 1919 Alan Lind Oskar Hacker original artwork

 

 

  • Only 100 will be printed
  • Blindstamped with the Century Guild logo
  • Large 22" x 29" poster on heavyweight paper
  • Printed from a high resolution photograph of the original painting in the Century Guild Museum archive

 

 

 

 

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