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Alphonse Mucha
Edited by: Tomoko Sato
9788857232430 Hardcover English ART / Individual Artists / Monographs Apr 24, 2018
$50.00 CAD
Inactive 8.9 x 11.3 x 1 in 248 pages Rizzoli Skira
“The mission of art is to express each nation’s aesthetic values in accordance with the beauty of its soul. The mission of the artist is to teach people to love that beauty.” —Alphonse Mucha
 
Alphonse Mucha was an extraordinarily prolific and versatile artist who made his mark in the diverse fields of design—including posters, jewelery, interior decoration, theater, and packaging and product designs— as well as in 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. 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 synony- mous 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.
 
The catalog explores the development of Mucha’s career and overall achievements as a multifaceted and visionary artist. It is divided into six sections highlighting Mucha’s personality as a Bohemian; a picture maker for people; a cosmopolitan; a mystic; a patriot; and a philosopher.

Gathering over 250 works, including a sumptuous reconstruction of his interior for the Fouquet boutique in Paris, the book explores the artistic vision and ideals behind Mucha’s works.

Presenting posters, drawings, paintings, decorative works, books and photographs, the monograph traces the influence of Mucha’s Czech roots and his passionate love of his country on all aspects of his career.

Published on the occasion of the first major Italian retrospective of Alphonse Mucha’s work, the catalogue is produced in collaboration with the Mucha Foundation.

Tomoko Sato is the Mucha Foundation’s curator.

Author Residence: Italy, Italy

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