OK, I'm gonna offend some die-hard Takeuchi groupies, but I have to burst your'all's bubble. The set of cards below are
inspired by the early 20th Century Czechoslovakian artist Alphonse Mucha. When I first saw these phone cards, I coveted them
dearly just for their beautiful "imitation" (which IS the sincerest form of flattery) of Mucha, my favorite illustrative artist.
Mucha was influenced by the Art Nouveau movement in that there are always stylized elements of decoration (flower and leaf
borders, running wave motifs, crescents) in his work that manage to merge background and foreground into a cohesive whole.
Anyway, please check out the examples of Mucha and Takeuchi and compare ; you'll see the similarities...
If you look to your right, you see 2 "panneaux" (posters) from Mucha: L'Amethyste
and Le Rubis. Looks a lot like "Moon" and "Jupiter," huh?
The next two panneaux (to your right) are La Topaze and L'Emeraude. The latter is my favorite. I love
her defiant, steadfast gaze into the viewer's eyes.
The last panneau to your right is called "Reverie Du Soir." Looks
just like the phone card below....remarkably similar.