Medee - Sarah Bernhardt (after) Alphonse Mucha, 1969
Artist: Alphonse Mucha
Medium: Lithographic Poster, 1969
Dimensions: 39.5 x 15.5 in, 100 x 39.4 cm
Classic Poster Paper - Perfect Condition A+
These beautiful and colorful lithographic posters were hand reproduced by the Mourlot Studio's Master Printer Henri Deschamps in 1969. They are not to be mistaken with later cheap digital and giclée reproductions. Ed. 1,500
In December of 1894, Mucha visited a print shop contracted to create a new advertising poster for a play featuring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in Paris at the time. Mucha volunteered to produce a lithographic poster within two weeks, and on January 1, 1895, the advertisement for the play Gismonda by Victorien Sardou was posted in the city, where it attracted much attention. Bernhardt was so satisfied with the success of this first poster that she signed a six-year contract with the artist.
In this tragedy by Pierre Corneille (1635), the heroine of the play is the sorceress Médée. After she gives Jason twin boys, Jason leaves her for Creusa. Médée exacts her revenge. The final act of the play ends with Médée's escape in a chariot pulled by two dragons, and Jason's suicide.