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Born in Moravia in 1860, Alphonse Mucha moved to Paris in his 20s and went on to become one of the greatest exponents of the art nouveau style. Mucha was one of the most fascinating artistic personalities of the turn of the 20th century. He was not only a painter and graphic artist, but also took an interest in sculpture, jewelry, interior decorating, and utilitarian art.
Alfons Mucha died in Prague shortly before the invasion of Czechoslovakia by German troops on July 14, 1939. It was Mucha’s belief that through the creation of beautiful works of art the quality of life would be improved. He also believed that it was his duty as an artist to promote art for ordinary people. He was able to fulfill both of these objectives by means of his innovative concept of the mass-produced decorative panel.

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  • Alfons Mucha was born in Southern Moravia on July 24, 1860. At the age of seventeen the artist left his home, to work as a painter of stage decorations at the Vienna &quot;Ringtheater&quot;. When there was a fire at the theater, Mucha lost his job. He found new employment at the Vienese castle with Count Khuen, who became his patron and sent him to the Munich art academy a few years later. From there, Alfons Mucha went on to Paris in 1887 to continue his studies at the &quot;Académie Julian&quot; and then at the &quot;Académie Colarossi&quot;. <br /> Due to a lack of financial support from Khuen, however, the student was forced to leave the academy and earn a living as an illustrator. During this time he produced a large number of sketches and drawings. These were studies for illustrations, which were later published in &quot;Figaro illustré&quot;, &quot;Petit Parisien illustré&quot; and other journals. This early work and the prints for illustrated books like &quot;L´éléfant blanc&quot; by Judith Gauthier, at which Alfons Mucha worked during this time, still reflect the usual academic historic style of the time. By coincidence, thanks to an employer of Lemercier printers, Mucha was commissioned to design a poster for Sarah Bernhardt in 1894. This provided the launch pad for Mucha&apos;s future success and importance as an influential designer of French &quot;Art Nouveau&quot;. <br />
  • In 1908 Mucha was commissioned to decorate the interior of the newly renovated German Theater in New York. This included five large decorative panels, the stage curtain, and decorative elements for the foyer, the corridor, the staircase and the auditorium. The central panel was flanked by two vertical panels: Tragedy and Comedy. <br /> Comedy is represented by a spring scene. The niece of Dr Baumfeld, at whose suggestoin Mucha received the commission, acted as the model for the female figure sitting under a blossoming tree. A young man sits in the branches of the tree playing a lute. He is accompanied by two women who are intoxicated by his music. <br />
  • In 1902, Mucha was commissioned to decorate a church in Jerusalem dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Shown here is the final version of Madonna of the Lilies, one of the murals for the church. The project was cancelled later for unknown reasons, so all that remains of this commission is this painting and earlier versions of it (Sakai City collection, Japan), as well as a design for a stained-glass window, Harmony, which is also in the Mucha Trust collection. <br /> According to Mucha&apos;s letter to his wife Maruška, he conceived the subject as &apos;Virgo purissima&apos;, thus depicting the heavenly vision of Madonna, surrounded with a mass of lilies, symbol of purity. The seated young girl in Slavic folk costume carries a wreath of ivy leaves, symbol of remembrance. Her serious expression and strong physical presence contrast with the ethereal figure of the Virgiin. <br />

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  • Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), whose work is indissolubly linked with the Art Nouveau style, was one of the most fascinating artistic personalities of the turn of the 20th century. He was not only a painter and graphic artist, but also took an interest in sculpture, jewelry, interior decorating, and utilitarian art. Born in Moravia in 1860, Alphonse Mucha moved to Paris in his 20s and went on to become one of the greatest exponents of the art nouveau style. In 1900 Alfons Mucha took part in the Paris World Exposition, evoking general attention with his wall decorations in Bosnia and Herzegovina's pavilion. In 1904 Alfons Mucha went to America, where he produced wall decorations, stages settings and portraits during a prolonged stay in New York. Alongside he taught drawing and composition at the Chicago Art Institute. After Mucha's return to his home country, shortly before World War I, he dedicated considerable time to lithographic work. Self-portrait, sketching in his apartment, Paris
  • PortraitofaLady1900 Oiloncanvas97x50cm
  • Comedy (1908) study for a mural for the German Theatre, New York
  • 1920YoungGirlInAMoravianCostume oiloncanvas52.6x55.2cm Envisagecrayon36x51.5cm
  • 1920 Young Girl In A Moravian Costume (detail)
  • 1894 Spirit of Spring oil on canvas 66 x 41 cm
  • Untitled(seatedwomanwithcoffeecup,watercolor) GirlwithLooseHairandTulips1920
  • Portriat of Mucha's Sister, Angela (c.1880) Portriat of Mucha's Sister, Anna (c.1885)
  • 1924-25cJaroslavaMucha Colouredpencilsheightenedwithgouache51x41cm 1930cPortraitofJaroslavaMuchainCzechNational Costume(pencilandwhitepaintonpaper)
  • 1924-25c Jaroslava Mucha, Mucha's daughter in a study for Slavia (detail)
  • Muse Woman with a Burning Candle 1933.
  • Woman with a Burning Candle 1933 (Detail)
  • Christmas in America 1919 Awintertale
  • RedCoat,1902 Portrait of Milada Cerny
  • PortraitofMarieChytilová(Maruška),Mucha'sFuture Wife(1903) PortraitofMucha'sWife,Maruška(1908-17)
  • PortraitofMucha'sWife,Maruška(1905) Jaroslava and Jiri - The Artist's Children. 1919
  • 1908AmericanUSAIndianSiouxStudy Native American Woman with Flowers and Feathers 1905
  • WomanAmongtheFlowers1916 60.3x40.5 SpringNight Paintedcirca1910
  • 1925 Portrait of Jiri
  • PortraitofJaroslava1930oiloncanvas82x65cm
  • PortraitofEliškaPolívková,1932 Portrait of Mme. Mucha with Mistletoe 1903 (Private Collection)
  • Fairy with Iris flowers, Ca. 1885-1890
  • Floraoiloncanvas1892 Study For Spring (detail)
  • 1925PortraitoftheArtist'sDaughterJaroslava pencil&gouacheonpaper PortraitofMucha'sDaughter,Jaroslava(1925)
  • PortraitofJaroslava(Jarca),Mucha'sdaughter Portraitofayoungwoman.Ca.1925
  • TheEnchantressoiloncanvas65.4x49.6 TheArtist1920
  • Although it enjoys great popularity today, at the time when he died, Mucha's style was considered outdated. His son, author Ji í Mucha, devoted much of his life to writing about him and bringingř attention to his artwork. In his own country, the new authorities were not interested in Mucha. His Slav Epic was rolled and stored for twenty-five years before being shown in Moravsky Krumlov, and a Mucha museum opened in Prague, managed by his grandson John Mucha.
  • PortraitofaGirl-1913 The Artists Daughter
  • Original artwork for 'March' Girl from Montenegro
  • Study of drapery 1900 Drawing
  • A mother embracing her child
  • Motherembracingherchild
  • The song. Study. Pastel & aquarelle on paper 19,5 x 38 cm. Collection Doi
  • The interior design of the Large Hall of Prague Hlahol was complemented in 1921 by Alfons Mucha with his last large major work – the lunette "The Song" (not however installed until 1934).
  • PortraitofagirlSoldSotheby’s43,250GBP StudyforaposterfruitSoldSotheby’s70,850GBP Head of a Girl
  • 1897Melancholy 1903PortraitofMadameDeschamps pencil&whitechalkonpaper
  • 1920 Fate
  • Nativity (c. 1934)
  • Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
  • Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousn ess sake for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven
  • 1905MadonnaoftheLiliesstudy1903 Plate17Originalcrayon&gouacheonpaper.
  • Madonna of the Lilies oil on canvas 24.7 x 18.2 cm 1905
  • Madonna of the Lilies 1905 (details) In 1902 Mucha was asked to decorate a church in Jerusalem dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The project was later cancelled but not before Mucha had created this painting. According to Mucha's letter to his wife Maruška, he conceived the subject as 'Virgo purissima', and surrounded the heavenly vision of the Madonna with a mass of lilies, symbol of purity. The seated young girl in traditional costume carries a wreath of ivy leaves, symbol of remembrance.
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