Leslie Carter – Alphonse Mucha (1908) 32.125″ x 83″ French Poster LB
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Alphonse Mucha “FATHER OF ART NOUVEAU”
Leslie Carter. 1908.
The great, ghostly Leslie Carter is here adorned with some of the most exquisitely detailed jewelry ever designed by Mucha for lithographic immortality. But who was this otherwise unknown goddess? Mrs. Leslie Carter was a “captivating woman who desired to become a great actress… She gained a fortune after a marriage to—and later divorce from—a billionaire, Leslie Carter, whose name she retained” (Lendl/Prague, p. 266). She conceived a vanity project, a play named Kassa, about “a Hungarian virgin ready to enter a convent, [but then] was seduced by Prince Béla, who a year later left her with a child. Kassa became insane and entered a convent, thinking that only a single day had passed” (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 174). Mucha contributed over 250 designs for the project, including stage, costume, and scenery design, but the play was a failure and Carter went bankrupt. Neither Mucha nor Long, the author, received an honorarium.
Reference: Ref: Rennert/Weill, 94; Lendl/Prague, p. 266; Mucha/Art Nouveau, 33; PAI-LXXXI, 382
Key Words: Art Nouveau; Artist: Mucha; Theatre
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