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Alphonse Mucha

Czech (1860-1939)
The Father of Art Nouveau

"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 Museum)

Mucha Poster Gallery
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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 estimate." Greg

Greg's featured Mucha's

Dame aux Camelias
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche" PL.144 printed 1898
Just Sold To Request

"This is perhaps Mucha's most beautiful poster.
"Alexander Dumas Jr.'s drama…had been very popular since its premier in 1852.
Sarah Bernhardt considered it to be the key drama in her repertoire. 
The story of the tragic love of the great courtesan is portrayed in the poster with shocking impact. 

From "L'Estampe Moderne" EM.08 printed 1897
$3800.00 Rare
"A symbol of the erotic and dangerous woman, the femme fatale."
Mucha's rendering of Salome presents the legendary temptress as a Byzantine gypsy-diaphanous apparel,
raven tresses hung with rings, plucking an ancient stringed instrument,
no doubt to accompany herself in the Dance of the Seven Veils." (Rennert PAI)

From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.27 printed 1898

Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2012
$14,400. PAI, NY.

From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.114 printed 1898

Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2012
$13,200. PAI, NY

Salon des Cent
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.94 printed 1897

Full size version sold
in Auction March 2017
$16,800. PAI, NY.

From "Les Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.202 printed 1900
Sold To Request

La Samaritaine
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.166 printed 1899
Sold To Request

Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2012
$21,600. PAI, NY.

Bieres de la Meuse
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.182 printed 1899
Sold To Request

Full size version sold
in Auction March 2017
$21,600. PAI, NY.

From "L'Estampe Moderne"
EM.12A printed 1897
Sold To Request


Greg's Recommended Mucha read: Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau by Victor Arwas.
The definitive book on the life and works of Mucha.

Greg's Recommended Mucha website:
The Mucha Foundation
This website is a truly amazing resource for all things Mucha past and present.

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