Prang's Easter by Louis Rhead, Framed Art Nouveau lithograph, 1897


“America was quick to reveal strong Art Nouveau voices; it was Louis Comfort Tiffany who encouraged Bing to open his salon, and artists Will Bradley and Ethel Reed exhibited a Japonist simplicity that presented a strong, refined take on the Art Nouveau ideal. Louis Rhead was born in England but emigrated to the United States in 1883 at the age of 24, and quickly found himself celebrated both in the United States and in France, exhibiting his designs in the prestigious Salon des Cent in Paris in 1897.”

-Quoted from Flowering Lines: Rare Art Nouveau Graphics 1883-1911 by Thomas Negovan (2017)

Stone lithograph of Louis Rhead’s Prang’s Easter Publications, published in 1897 by Imprimerie Chaix, the printing house known for publishing the works of Belle Epoque master Jules Chéret. This example was printed with a plate of shimmering gold ink.

Framed dimensions measure 14 1/2 x 17 5/8 inches. This piece is presented professionally framed using all archival materials, including a hand-wrapped silk mat and gold fillet. This work arrives accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Notable museum collections containing this work include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (medium-format version) (1984.1202.146)

Notable museum collections featuring works by John Louis Rhead include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna; and more.