Born in 1860 in a small Czech town, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was an artist on the forefront of Art Nouveau, the modernist movement that swept Paris in the 1910s, marking a return to the simplicity of natural forms, and changing the world of art and design forever. In fact, Art Nouveau was known to insiders as the “Mucha style” for the legions of imitators who adapted the master’s celebrated tableaux. Today, his distinctive depictions of lithe young women in classical dress have become a pop cultural touchstone, inspiring album covers, comic books, and everything in between. Patrick Bade and Victoria Charles offer readers an inspiring survey of Mucha’s career, illustrated with over one hundred lustrous images, from early Parisian advertisements and posters for Sandra Bernhardt, to the famous historical murals painted just before his death, at the age of 78, in 1939.
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1898 Colour lithograph 1902 Colour lithograph 1902 Lithographic plate 1921 Colour print Académie Julian Academy According to Jiri admiration Alphonse Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau Art Nouveau style artist Arts series August Strindberg Austrian Baroque Blessed Brno Bruant canvas career Cheret Collection of Robert Count Khuen curvilinear Dalibor Day series decades decorative designs Documents décoratifs drawing and watercolour Emmahof Exhibition Exposition Universelle fin-de-siècle Fouquet Four Flowers series Gauguin glorious Habsburg Ivancice Japanese Job poster Kansas City Loie Fuller Mikulov Moravian Gallery Mucha Museum Mucha Trust Mucha’s poster Munich Museum nineteenth century painter Paris patriotic Pavilion Pen and wash Pencil and watercolour portrait Poster for Documents Poster for Job Prague Puvis de Chavannes Republic of Czechoslovakia Richard Driehaus Robert Allan Haas Rossetti’s Sarah Bernhardt Seasons series Sérusier Slav Epic Study stylised Symbolist movement theatre Thiery Trust Vienna wash drawing Watercolour and gouache William Graham Robertson woman women’s hair x 45 cm