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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

Salon des Cent
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche" PL.94 printed 1897
Just Sold To Request
Full size version sold in Auction May 2011 $18,000. PAI, NY

"This Mucha from Maitre de L'Affiche, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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