Alphonse Mucha, 1860-1939

Alphonse Mucha, 1860-1939

The Artist as Visionary

Book - 2015
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All about the Belle #65533;poque: Delicate illustration that defined an era With his instantly recognizable decorative style, Czech artist and Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) defined the look of the fin-de-si#65533;cle. In evocative shades of peach, gold, ochre and olive, his seductive compositions of patterns, flowers, and beautiful women became paradigms of the Belle #65533;poque years.

Mucha's work permeated illustration, posters, postcards, and advertising designs of his day. His striking posters of star actress Sarah Bernhardt were particularly famous. Alongside this delicate decorative work, Mucha also harbored committed humanist ideals and nationalist beliefs. With monumental works such as 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.

This book presents key works from Mucha's distinctive oeuvre to introduce an artist who, with few rivals, distilled the spirit of an age. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Alternative Title: Mucha
Publisher: Koln : Taschen, [2015]
ISBN: 9783836550093
3836550091
Branch Call Number: 741.6092 MUCHA
Characteristics: 95 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 27 cm.

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Jan 12, 2018

Tomoko's brief survey of the life and work of Alphonse Mucha, concentrating on his signature illustrations featuring those much-imitated Art Nouveau nymphs as well as his less famous grand multi-work masterpiece The Slav Epic, sheds little light on the life of its subject, but supplies the framework for plentiful stunning reproductions of his work.

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