Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was one of the most influential and celebrated artists in fin-de-siecle Paris, best known for his graphic work such as his theatre posters for Sarah Bernhardt and his decorative panels featururing graceful women. Mucha created a distinctive style - le style Mucha - characterised by harmionious compositions, sinuous forms, organic lines and a muted palette, which became synonymous with the newly emerging decorative style of the time - Art Nouveau.
Despite the powerful impact of Mucha's style, however, his aesthetic ideas behind its development are less well known. This book, which accompanies a travelling exhibition Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty, draws on the latest research to examine the theoretical aspect of his work, especially the idea of beauty - the core principle of his art. It features Mucha's iconic posters and other decorative works from his Paris period and also looks at how the artist expressed his Czech nationalism with his artistic language after his return to his native Czech lands.
This beautifully illustrated book includes includes over 100 works by Mucha as well as works by his contemporaries who shared his aethetic and spiritual concerns, selected from renowned Aesthetic and Art Nouveau collections in Britain. It features five specialist essays exploring related themes and provides a new perspective on artistic movements at the turn of the 19th century.
Format: Paperback, 168 pages
Dimensions: 22 x 27 x 1.4cm
Publisher: Mucha Foundation Publishing