Alphonse Mucha Video
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 Poster Gallery
click on each image for details
Special Note: "This is the absolute
best selection of Mucha's I have ever had at one time."Greg
From "Le Maitre de L'Affiche"
PL.27 printed 1896
Full size version sold
in Auction Nov 2012
$14,400. PAI, NY.