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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.
Alfons Mucha, who seduced early 20th century Paris with his art nouveau style and posters of actress Sarah Bernhardt, brings everywhere a splash of colour. His ornate and dramatic style, all curves and arabesques and rich in floral designs, was quickly established and became the height of fashion.
Famous chocolate, biscuit and cigarette companies wanted his work to promote their products, while Parisian publishing houses recruited him to do book illustrations, such as Ilsee, Princesse de Tripoli by Robert de Flers, which contains no less than 134 drawings by Mucha.