Title: La Tosca. 1898 (Central poster of grouping)
Designer: Alphonse Mucha (Czech 1860-1939)
Another masterpiece by the father of Art Nouveau Alphonse Mucha, takes center stage in this wonderful grouping of works by Mucha.
"Today La Tosca is known to most people only from the opera which Giacomo Puccini composed and introduced in 1900, however, for the 13 years prior to that it was a romantic tragedy written especially for Sarah Bernhardt by Victorian Sardou.
Mucha's poster shows Bernhardt in her costume for the first act of the play,
dressed in a fashion dating from 1800 when the play takes place." (Rennert/Weill, p. 221).