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ALPHONSE MUCHA

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Highly Recommended. Edited by Tomoko Sato. I thought the entire career of Mucha had been explored in previous books, but I am proved wrong here. With dozens of amazing photographs of the artist and his models, some nude, and preliminary drawings, roughs for paintings, and rare chocolate boxes and jewelry, this offers an intimate new look at the artist. Explore the development of Mucha’s career and his achievements as a multifaceted and visionary artist. Six sections highlight Mucha as a commercial artist, a Bohemian; a fine-art painter; a photographer; a mystic; a patriot (i.e. returning to his Czech homeland to create the fabulous Slav Epic murals); and a philosopher.

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I thought the entire career of Mucha had been explored in previous books, but I am proved wrong here. With dozens of amazing photographs of the artist and his models, some nude, and preliminary drawings, roughs for paintings, and rare chocolate boxes and jewelry, this offers an intimate new look at the artist. Explore the development of Mucha’s career and his achievements as a multifaceted and visionary artist. Six sections highlight Mucha as a commercial artist, a Bohemian; a fine-art painter; a photographer; a mystic; a patriot (i.e. returning to his Czech homeland to create the fabulous Slav Epic murals); and a philosopher.

Alphonse Mucha was an extraordinarily prolific and versatile artist who made his mark in diverse fields of design—including posters, jewelry, interior decoration, theater, and packaging and product designs— as well as painting, book illustration, sculpture, and photography. He is one of the best-known Czech artists to wide international audiences today and rose to fame in fin-de-siècle Paris with his elegant designs for theater posters for Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous French actress of the time, and decorative panels (panneaux décoratifs) featuring gracefully posed women. It is rumoured that the two of them were once lovers.

For those posters, Mucha created a distinctive style—“le style Mucha”—characterized by harmonious compositions, sinuous forms, organic lines, and a muted palette, which became synonymous with the newly emerging decorative style of the time—Art Nouveau. By the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, Mucha had become a leading figure in this decorative-art movement, and he defined the look of the era.

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Item Code ALMUCHH
Publisher Skira
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9788857232430
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 248pg
Color Partial Color
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