Privat Livemont Posters Set Records

Two rare posters by the Art Nouveau artist Privat Livemont set records during yesterday's Rare & Important Art Nouveau Posters auction. Bitter Oriental, 1897, brought $10,200. This is one of Livemont's strongest and most arresting images, and perhaps the only one in which he depicts a raven-haired beauty. In spite of the uncharacteristic use of bold colors, the image still exudes all of his style and genius, from the transparent veils, to the handling of the hair and his trademark white outlining of the central figure. Rajah, 1900, which is exceptional for the effective use of the white outline, sold for $9,000.

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