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Alphonse Mucha

Czech (1860-1939)
The Father of Art Nouveau

Alphonse Mucha Video (3 min)
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 Museum Prague)

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


Three Mucha Masterpieces



Bieres de la Meuse

From "Les Maitre de L'Affiche" PL.182 printed 1899

$3850.00
"The jovial beer drinker has her long flowing tresses adorned with some appropriate beer ingredients,
including barley stalks and green hops, and large field poppy flowers indigenous to north-eastern France.
This is another of Mucha's characteristic designs featuring a beauty, semicircular and circular motifs,
and artfully meandering hair…(Rennert/Weill p.126




Salon des Cent

From "Les Maitre de L'Affiche" PL.94 printed 1897

Just Sold To Request
"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



Job

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

Just Sold To Request
Full size version sold in Auction August 2014 $21,350. PAI, NY


The "Job" is the most rare, most expensive, and most sought after of all the "Maitre de L'Affiches"
along with the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse Lautrec 
"More than any other work of Mucha's, this beauty established him as the master of convoluted hair
and the creator of unforgettable popular images; the poster was used for years in many variants all over the world,
sometimes with marginal text in various languages. A classic by any standard." (Rennert, PAI-XLIX 389)



Janvier (January)
Original Cover from "Le Mois" (The Months)
No.49 Printed in Paris 1903
$450.00 for set of two with Fevrier
Set No.1




Fevrier (February)
Original Cover from "Le Mois" (The Months)
No.50 Printed in Paris 1903
$450.00 for set of two with Janvier
Set No.1



Mars (March)
Original Cover from "Le Mois" (The Months)
No.51 Printed in Paris 1903
$450.00 for set of two with Avril
Set No.2



Avril (April)
Original Cover from "Le Mois" (The Months)
No.52 Printed in Paris 1903
$550.00 for set of two with Mars
Set No.2



Gismonda
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.27 printed 1898
$2850.00

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


Lorenzaccio
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.114 printed 1898
$2850.00

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






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

Sold To Request

Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2008
$27,600. PAI, NY.



La Samaritaine
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.166 printed 1899
$3200.00

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



L' Estampe Moderne
Original cover
RP.07A printed 1897-1899
$395.00 Now $225




Bieres de la Meuse
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.182 printed 1899
$3850.00

Full size version sold
in Auction Sept 2013
$40,800. PAI, NY.





Salon des Cent
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.94 printed 1897
$4500.00


Full size version sold
in Auction May 2011
$18,000. Swann, NY.






Job
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.202 printed 1900
$7500.00


Full size version sold
in Auction August 2014
$21,350. PAI, NY



Salome
From "L'Estampe Moderne"
EM.08 printed 1897
Sold To Request



Incantation/Salammbo
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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