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Mucha

Mucha

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With his instantly recognizable decorative style, Czech artist and Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) defined the look of the fin-de-siècle. In evocative shades of peach, gold, ochre, and olive, his seductive compositions of patterns, flowers, and beautiful women became paradigms of the Belle Époque years.

Mucha’s work permeated illustration, posters, postcards, and the advertising designs of his day. His striking posters of star actress Sarah Bernhardt were particularly famous. Alongside this delicate decorative work, Mucha also harbored strongly felt political ideas. With his monumental cycle The Slav Epic, he expressed his staunch support for Pan-Slavism, promoting the political independence of the Czech and Slavic nations from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Compiled in association with the Mucha Foundation, this book presents key works and introduces the full reach of Mucha’s œuvre from patterned decoration to his book illustrations, posters, photographs and monumental paintings.

    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3  (25.9 × 21.1 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
    • SKU010002448 | 9783836550093

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    Alphonse Mucha in 1928

    About the Artist

    Alphonse Mucha

    Alphonse Mucha, a prominent figure in the Art Nouveau movement, was a Czech artist and designer born in 1860. His distinctive style was characterized by intricate and elegant compositions, often featuring graceful female figures adorned with elaborate patterns and organic motifs. Mucha gained international fame through his iconic poster designs for the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt, which exemplified the Art Nouveau aesthetics with their fluid lines and rich color palettes. His artistic vision went beyond posters, encompassing illustrations, decorative panels, and even architectural elements. Mucha's work celebrated the harmony between nature and human expression, and he became a leading advocate for the idea of "total art," in which art and design are seamlessly integrated into everyday life. His influence on the Art Nouveau movement and decorative arts is enduring, leaving a lasting legacy on the world of art and design.

    Alphonse Mucha in the Chrysler Museum
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