Alphonse Mucha Video
A brief look at Mucha's life
and work. Has rare actual footage of Alphonse Mucha.
"Alphonse Maria Mucha is most often remembered
for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of
French Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. As a struggling
and relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris,
Mucha achieved immediate fame when, in December 1894, he accepted
a commission to create a poster for one of the greatest actresses
of this time, Sarah Bernhardt.
Though the printer was apprehensive about submitting Mucha´s final
design because of its new unconventional style, Bernhardt loved
it and so did the public. ´Le style Mucha´, as Art Nouveau was
known in its earliest days, was born. The success of that first
poster Gismonda brought a 6
years contract between Bernhardt and Mucha and in the following
years his work for her and others included costumes and stage
decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, jewelry and
furniture and numerous posters. Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia
in 1910, where he dedicated the remainder of his life to the production
of a an epic series of 20 paintings depicting the history of the
Slav people, the Slav Epic"
Mucha Poster Gallery
click on each image for details
Special Note: "Mucha is my currently
my best seller and most are sold before or as I list them,
so if there is a certain image of interest please let me know and I'll
give you a price quote."Greg
Salon des Cent
From "Les Maitre de L'Affiche" PL.94 printed 1898
"This Mucha from the Maitre de L'Affiche series, perhaps more than any other demonstrates the outstanding printing skills of the time.
The smaller format, on high quality paper, lent it self to the use of cutting edge technology not seen in the full size posters of the day.
The golds used in the printing of the Salon des Cent are unequal to anything printed before or since.
This is truly a lithographer's lasting masterpiece from the printer Imprimerie Chaix" (Greg)
Original Cover from "Le Mois" (The Months)
No.49 Printed in Paris 1903