On 1 January 1895, when Alphonse Mucha’s poster depicting Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of Gismonda appeared for the first time on the hoardings of Paris, it caused a sensation. The strange name of this mysterious artist was suddenly on everyone’s lips, and eager collectors snatched Gismonda off the walls. …Read More
Jillian Kruse is a Curatorial Assistant at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, where she researches and writes on the museum’s print collection. She specializes in print culture and 19th-century French art with specific interests in popular culture, identity and the history of collecting. She received an MPhil degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College, Dublin.