In this video, we explore the world of Czech painter and decorative artist, Alphonse Mucha, known for his unique Art Nouveau illustrations and designs. His style transformed the medium of poster design with its vertical orientation, tendril-like lines, and soft pastel colors..
Art Nouveau was an international style of art, architecture and applied art – especially the decorative arts – reaching its peak during 1890-1910. A reaction to the academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the curved lines of plants and flowers.
Born in the town of Ivančice, Moravia (a region of the present-day Czech Republic), Mucha (1860-1939) moved to Paris in 1887, becoming best known for his stylised and decorative theatrical posters, particularly those of French stage star Sarah Bernhardt. He also produced illustrations, advertisements, decorative panels and designs, which became among the best-known images of the period.
In the second part of his career, at the age of 43, he returned to his homeland of Bohemia-Moravia region in Austria, and devoted himself to painting a series of 20 monumental canvases known as ‘The Slav Epic’, depicting the history of all the Slavic peoples of the world, which he painted between 1912-26. In 1928, on the 10th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia, he presented the series to the Czech nation.
After the Nazi invasion of Prague in 1939, Mucha was deemed a reactionary and interrogated by the Gestapo while seriously ill. He died later that year, on July 14, 1939 at the age of 78. Today, the artist’s works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
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