Madame Butterfly looks out window at robin making nest; maroon, pink, white
Madame Butterfly looks out window at robin making nest; maroon, pink, white

Madame Butterfly (french text), 1904
Surely one of the most famous and moving of all Italian posters, this is Metlicovitz's masterpiece for his good friend Giacomo Puccini's opera, which opened at La Scala in February, 1904. Metlicovitz chose the poignant opening of the second act, where Butterfly watches a nesting robin in the garden. Her lover Pinkerton had promised three years earlier to return "when the robins nest," yet he is nowhere in sight. Butterfly's anxiety is palpable in this scene, even with her back turned to the viewer. The contrast between the lush garden and the empty space occupied by Butterfly speaks volumes, and her hand on the railing makes her appear a prisoner who must wait as life passes her by. It is a poster tour de force. Extremely hard to find, here in the French text variant.
41.8'' x 57'' / 106 x 145 cm
Lithograph | Backed on Linen
ID# ITL27098
over $10,000
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