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Poster, 1898, 206×76 cm

Description of the artwork «Medea»

In 1889, the life of Alphonse Mucha – embodied the dream of many artists. He claimed that the orders do not rebound. He has several years of productive work with Sarah Bernhardt. The actress goes on tour exclusively with his posters, glorifying the artist throughout Europe and even overseas. This year the Fly creates a poster for the play "Medea" by the play Katula Mendez with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role.

This work is very different from the other posters Mucha made during the collaboration with the great actress (1, 2, 3, 4). She is not inferior to them in greatness, but has a very special mood and imbued with a tragic nightmare. The artist depicts Medea in the most dramatic moment of the play, when in a fit of jealousy, she brutally stabs her own children after the treacherous assassination of the opponent. Part of the woman's face hidden by dark fabric, and the visible part is terrified of the consequences. Frozen crazy eyes, the tense posture and frantically zipped hand only amplify this effect. Outfit dark shades, covering the whole body of Medea, like the waves of the night sea, in which "drown" the children lying at the feet of women.

Special attention is given the bracelet in the form of a snake wrapped around the hand of Medea. After Mucha created this poster, Sarah Bernhardt had a great desire to acquire precisely the same decoration. The artist drew a separate sketch of a bracelet and ring connected by chain, then Bernard, a passionate jewelry, ordered their production of the famous Parisian jeweler Georges Fouquet. Graceful, though a little creepy decoration is really luxurious: the gold body of the reptile was decorated with diamonds, rubies, opals and enamel. When the bracelet was ready Bernard was every time put it, playing the role of Medea.
This bracelet was the beginning of quite a long cooperation Alphonse Mucha and George Fouquet. The jeweler was created by the artist's sketches fancy necklace, bracelets, brooches and hair ornaments. At the exhibition of 1900 in Paris, a joint collection of jewelry Fouquet and Mucha made a lot of noise. Now these decorations are most often seen in museums.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Poster

Subject and objects: Literary scene

Style of art: Art Nouveau

Technique: Color lithograph

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1898

Size: 206×76 cm

Artwork in selections: 26 selections

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