1860 – 1939
Alphons Mucha’s is an art of seduction. His graceful women, delicate colours and decorative style add up to and unashamed act of temptation.
It is said of this poster for the Theatre de la Renaissance that Mucha took on the commission at short notice after Sarah Bernhardt on the afternoon of Christmas Eve had rejected a design, the performance in question – “Grismonda” by Sardou – was due to take place on 4th January 1895. As an unknown artist he made and immediate impression, for Mucha it was a breakthrough
The poster above is for Mucha’s first one-man exhibition it is an example of his symbolism. The young girl represents the visual arts, she shows us the heart which is threatened by thistles of stupidity, thorns of genius, and blossoms of love. As a reference to his origins her bonnet is encircled with daisies which is a feature of Moravian folk-art
Mucha is one of my favourite artists, and there is so much to say about him but I will let the pictures do the talking, there are more in the photo album, but keep watching I will add more about him and his work as time goes by