mucha illustration

Incantation from Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” (1897). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Illustration from “L'Estampe Moderne.”

Salammbô (1862), a historical novel by Flaubert, is set in Carthage during the 3rd century BC, immediately before and during the Mercenary Revolt which took place shortly after the First Punic War. Flaubert’s main source was Book I of Polybius’s Histories.

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A cosmic mermaid among the asteroids for my little sister, who asked me to do one offhandedly about three years ago. It started as a warmup… but it got very quickly out of hand. Even so, it only took me an evening!

Definitely gonna be making prints of this one, so keep an eye out. <3

Salome from “L'Estampe Moderne” (1897). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Plate. Illustration.

One of two plates Mucha designed for this distinguished series, depicting heroines of antiquity. Salome is a sensuous image in which the dancer is shown wearing an ornate belt and diaphanous attire. She is depicted in the throes of the dance that gave Herod such great pleasure.