308: Luchon. 1895
Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 29 5/8 x 41 1/4 in./75.3 x 105 cm Imp. Camis, Paris Mucha failed to sign this railway poster for the prestigious Pyrenees resort, thereby creating a bit of a mystery for this early design. It was later attributed by different authorities to Grasset, even Tamagno; yet, the catalogue of the 1896 Reims poster exhibition credits Mucha correctly, and many decades later a preliminary sketch was found in his estate's papers. Nevertheless, while he certainly created the man on the horse, the architectural renderings of the spa and casino on the right were most certainly done by a different artist. One of Mucha's most offbeat and unusual works.