This design for this fan was intended to decorate the façade of the “Pavilion of Man,” proposed by Alphonse Mucha and a group of associates as an ambitious exhibit of the history of mankind at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900. However, when the project fell through, Champenois marketed it as a panel, a postcard, and a handbill or leaflet. Le vent qui passe emporte la jeunesse (The Passing Wind Takes Youth Away, 1899) is an original lithograph printed in black ink on glossy wove paper with hand-coloring added by brush and pochoir. The image is of a young girl strewing autumn leaves into the wind while a watchful guardian angel hovers behind her. As originally planned for the exhibition pavilion, the angel represented time, guiding humanity from its primitive childhood to the mature age of reason. The piece is signed and dated on the stone at the lower left “Mucha / 99.” This fine impression of the first and only variant of the original version of this lithograph is in excellent condition, with fresh colors, printed on a full sheet.
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