Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne D'arc by Eugène Grasset, Art Nouveau lithograph, 1897
Lithograph of the first version of Eugène Grasset’s medieval-inspired Art Nouveau poster, commissioned by Sarah Bernhardt to promote her 1894 role as Joan of Arc in Jules Barbier’s Jeanne d'Arc.
Grasset portrays Bernhardt in the spirit of her historic role: standing bravely with a flowing flag embellished with fleur-de-lis amidst an onslaught of arrows and spears.
This antique lithograph is the only color small-format edition of the original poster design, from an extremely rare folio published in conjunction with a landmark exhibition of poster design in St. Petersburg in 1897.
This poster design for Jeanne d’Arc is especially important as being the collaboration that led Sarah Bernhardt to discover Alphonse Mucha, as she wanted a new artist to create a poster for her upcoming play, Gismonda.
Paper measures approximately 10 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches. Exceptional condition commensurate with age. This artwork is presented in an archival rag mat and arrives accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
One of the most notable and definitive artists of the Art Nouveau era, works by Eugène Grasset are present in every major museum collection, including: Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Victoria and Albert Museum; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and more.