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Title: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 07:57:57 am






                                        M U C H A   M U S E U M - P R A G U E

 



The world’s first Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech ART

NOUVEAU artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), is housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace in the very

heart of Prague.



A selection of over 100 exhibits comprising paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings,pastels,

lithographs and personal memorabilia provides a privileged view into the universe of the artist

who is most widely known for the posters he executed for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of

fin-de-siécle Paris.


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:03:38 am
(http://stores.czechgifts.org/catalog/Mucha.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:06:16 am
(http://paddyk.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/mucha-les-saisons.jpg)

LES SAISONS - The Seasons


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:08:55 am
(http://www.pinknet.cz/~malin/img/mucha-big.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:10:12 am
              (http://www.pinknet.cz/~malin/img/mucha.jpg)








It is said that Art Nouveau is among the last remarkable styles of art which have ever appeared in history. In fact, Art Nouveau forms the end of a long line of art styles like Romance, Renaissance, Baroque and others. Art Nouveau sharply boomed at the end of the 19th century and this boom lasted approximately for only one decade. After that, Art Nouveau was transformed into a more advanced and fresh style of art. In the 1890s, many young artists were not satisfied with the fact that industrialization was spread all over western Europe. “Art Nouveau attempted to achieve coexistence between functional surroundings and the intimacy of private life” (Duane, 1996, p. 6). Art Nouveau was exactly what artists demanded (Duane, 1996). “It was characterised by a renewed interest in natural, flowing forms and a subjective feeling for spiritual content. Curves, spirals and rich ornamentation became popular features of the style and were applied to glass, ceramics, architecture and graphic art” (Duane, 1996, p. 6). Art Nouveau stood very close to Symbolism and took ideas from French Rococo and Japanese art (Ellridge, 1992). A new style became immediately very popular and spread quickly in the main cultural centres of western Europe, especially in Paris, Vienna, Munich and Berlin, as well as in Great Britain and the USA.

The most famous Czech artist of the Art Nouveau era is definitely Alphonse Mucha (Alfons Mucha), who became well known especially thanks to his posters for Sarah Bernhardt’s theatre in Paris. It is necessary to add that Mucha didn’t paint only posters. In addition to posters, he created many book illustrations, ornamental panels, advertisements, jewellery, decorative little statues, architectural designs, and a way to make manufactured goods more interesting, e.g. reproductions of his paintings and drawings appeared on biscuit boxes, postage stamps, and banknotes (Moucha & Řapek, 2000). This paper will discuss in brief the artist’s early life and work, the period of his greatest fame, his return to Czechoslovakia, and his contribution to art.

It is reasonable to start with the early life and work of Mucha. Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in Ivančice, a Moravian town, in 1860. Alphonse had two sisters: Anna and Anděla. His father Ondřej worked as an usher in the local district court and Ondřej’s second wife Amalia was a daughter of a rich miller (Kusák & Kadlečíková, 2000). Already as a boy, Alphonse liked to draw pictures and sketch other people’s faces; he was also talented in singing. Thanks to his unusual voice, he got a choral scholarship at St Peter’s Church in Brno (Duane, 1996). Young Alphonse studied there at the Slavic gymnasium. Afterwards, Mucha wanted to study at the Art Academy in Prague, but he was not accepted there. Instead of studying, he started to work as a clerk at the local district court in his hometown. Two years later, he changed his job and left to make up theatre scenery for a Viennese company. But unfortunately, after some time he was dismissed and he had to find a new job. During his next jobs he met the important person who recognised his talent and helped him to get into the Art Academy in Munich. After two years he moved to Paris to go on in his studies (Kusák & Kadlečíková, 2000). But this smooth life did not last for long.

In 1889, Mucha had to leave the Academy and start earning money for his living. Fortunately, there were a lot of job opportunities in Paris for such a skilled artisan like Mucha. First of all, Mucha illustrated schoolbooks and popular novels for a Parisian publishing house; his next opportunity to show his talent was a realisation of the 1884 calendar for a manufacturer of well-known inks (Ellridge, 1992). All those jobs were good for Mucha at that time, but the most challenging task had yet to come.

One day, Alphonse Mucha got an opportunity to create a poster for a theatre of Sarah Bernhardt and this poster actually started the period of Mucha’s greatest fame. The poster had to be designed for a play of Gismonda, in which Bernhardt performed as a main character (Ellridge, 1992). At that time, Bernhardt already was a very famous actress who was not only a beautiful woman, but also a dedicated and charming person (Duane, 1996). She liked Mucha’s work and offered him a contract for the next six years (Ellridge, 1992). Mucha painted many other posters for her (Duane, 1996) and became famous practically overnight (Ellridge, 1992). The poster of Gismonda was admired by most Parisian people because of the fact that it was something new in art. Not long after Mucha’s poster first appeared in the public, Art Nouveau started to be often called Le Style Mucha (Duane, 1996). The artist’s work became quickly a part of everyday life; posters, decorative panels, biscuit boxes, chocolate bars and perfumes or liqueur bottles with labels designed by Mucha were sold everywhere (Ellridge, 1992).

By 1903, the painting of similar motifs all the time started to tire Mucha; the motif of his paintings usually was a woman with flowers in a romantic setting. In fact, devotion to the Slav people gave him the idea for a project which he named The Slav Epic: monumental paintings illustrating the history of the Slavs which he wanted to give to the Czech people as a present (Duane, 1996). One year after, Mucha arrived in America, where he wanted to raise money for The Slav Epic by painting portraits. Unfortunately, he painted portraits of rich women slowly and had to accept orders for magazine covers, posters and advertisements. Mucha’s dream remained unfulfilled till he met Charles R. Crane, an American industrialist and diplomat, who promised him to fund the whole project (Kusák & Kadlečíková, 2000). Now, Mucha was a little bit closer to his dream and it was the right time to return to his beloved homeland.

In 1909, Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia and started to make preparations for his project of The Slav Epic. First of all, it was necessary to find an appropriate studio. One year after, Mucha visited his friends in Castle Zbiroh in Bohemia and found there space which was suitable enough to place several canvases of such enormous size side-by-side and work on them simultaneously. Mucha studied Slavic culture carefully for a long time and asked different scholars, sociologists, historians and experts on Slavic culture for essential details. He even went to Russia, Poland, Serbia and Bulgaria to get to know people’s customs and make some important sketches for further painting (Ellridge, 1992). Some other jobs for Mucha appeared from time to time.

Mucha wanted to be useful to his nation and, therefore, as soon as a new building for the Municipal House was built in Prague in the Art Nouveau style, Mucha offered to decorate the interiors without charge as a present to the Czech people. His other task was to make sketches for postal stamps. Mucha completed their design in a very short time. Later, when he designed banknotes, he even used a portrait of his own daughter for the reverse side of them. In St Vitus’s Cathedral people often admire a beautiful stained-glass window that was also made by Mucha (Ellridge, 1992). At that time, Mucha worked on many different projects, but always with the same virtuosity which was unique to him.

(http://www.goodart.org/amepic.jpg)
       
Alphonse Mucha was really dedicated to the idea of The Slav Epic and that is why he painted so fast. By December 1912, the first three six-by-eight-metre paintings were done. In 1919, after World War I, Mucha exhibited the first eleven canvases in the Carolinum Hall in Prague and many people admired these paintings. The next two exhibitions took place in America and both of them were very successful, too. Mucha worked on The Slav Epic until the beginning of the World War II, when his project was interrupted by the German invasion of Czechoslovakia and not long after he had been questioned by Nazi troops (Duane, 1996). Unfortunately, Alphonse Mucha died on 14th July 1939 shortly before his 79th birthday (Kusák & Kadlečíková, 2000). His wife Marie, daughter Jaroslava, and son Jiří were left alone after Mucha’s death, and The Slav Epic remained uncompleted.

The work of Alphonse Mucha is very popular everywhere, but it may seem that it is more popular abroad than in his homeland. The most controversial work is The Slav Epic, which was admired by the public and criticised by the critics who described the paintings as ‘empty historic bombast’ (Duane, 1996). The critics argued that The Slav Epic was a romantic idea which should have been realised much earlier because at the beginning of the 20th century it was relatively out-of-day (Ellridge, 1992). However, Alphonse Mucha influenced the world of art and fashion, especially during his stay in Paris between 1894 and 1904, when he was developing ideas of Art Nouveau often called Le Style Mucha. Mucha’s career was sixty years long and he created a unique art collection ranging from posters to decorative panels, from sculpture to historical canvases (Duane, 1996). There is no question that Alphonse Mucha was the leading artist of the Art Nouveau style.

Mucha’s work is still, after one century, very popular all over the world. His fame was brought back several decades after his “Parisian” period and now everyone can see all that beauty in the collections of art museums and galleries all over the world. Mucha even became the favourite artist of Japanese art lovers who decided to open a museum of Alphonse Mucha (Kusák & Kadlečíková, 2000). There is a lovely Mucha Museum in Prague, too.

To sum up, this paper gave brief information about Art Nouveau, Mucha’s early life and work, the period of his greatest fame, his return to Czechoslovakia, and his contribution to art. It is interesting, that Alphonse Mucha was very popular during his life and remains popular after so many years. This shows that Mucha’s artistic efforts had lasting value, and his work is still living thanks to his admirers.

References:
Duane, O. B. (1996). Mucha. London: Brockhampton Press.
Ellridge, A. (1992). Mucha: The triumph of Art Nouveau. Paris: Terrail.
Kusák, D. & Kadlečíková, M. (2000). Alphonse Mucha. Prague: BB Art.
Moucha, J. & Řapek, J. (2000). Alfons Mucha. Prague: TORST.


Homepage of Eva Haunerová


http://www.pinknet.cz/~malin/mucha.html


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:16:12 am
(http://stores.czechgifts.org/catalog/The%20Art%20Nouveau%20Design%20Book.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:18:00 am
(http://www.khulsey.com/yukio_miyamoto_mucha_lg.jpeg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:21:01 am
(http://fredfred.net/skriker/images/fred/2005/czech-republic/mucha_apotheosa.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:23:40 am
(http://www.artcyclopedia.com/images/Mucha.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:25:18 am
(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha8.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:26:32 am
(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha3.jpg)

MEDITATION


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:27:39 am
(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha4b.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:30:01 am
(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha9a.jpg)

THE MOON




(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha9c.jpg)

THE EVENING STAR




(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha9b.jpg)

THE POLE STAR




(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha9d.jpg)

THE MORNING STAR


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:38:41 am




                          (http://www.geocities.com/autumnthing/muchathon/muchaSalambo.jpg)


                                       SALAMBO


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:41:02 am
(http://www.prague.net/gallery/a-mucha-seasons/images/spring.jpg)

SPRING


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:42:15 am
(http://www.prague.net/gallery/a-mucha-seasons/images/summer.jpg)

SUMMER


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:43:37 am
(http://www.prague.net/gallery/a-mucha-seasons/images/autumn.jpg)

AUTUMN


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:44:53 am
(http://www.prague.net/gallery/a-mucha-seasons/images/winter.jpg)

WINTER


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:48:14 am




                        (http://www.thelittletinsoldier.com/catalog/images/Poesie.jpg)

                             LA POESIE


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:50:45 am
(http://www.jkrweb.com/russell/images/mucha2.jpg)

JOAN OF ARC


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:52:11 am
(http://www.jkrweb.com/russell/images/mucha1.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:55:33 am
(http://www.booksplendour.com.au/images/mucha_collage02.jpg)








                                           Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha (1860 - 1939)





Having had his application to study at the Prague Academy of Arts rejected, the Czech born Mucha journeyed to Vienna, where he attended an evening class in drawing, and later to Munich, where between 1885 - 87 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He moved to Paris in the late 1880s. When in 1890 he held his first Paris one-man show, he was able to display well over 400 works. For a while in Paris Mucha shared a studio with another of our favourite painters, Paul Gauguin. Though the two artists had a great deal in common (for instance the desire to explore some of the darker corners of human psyche through attending spiritualistic séances), it very soon became obvious that Mucha’s art was going to develop quite differently to that of his older companion. While Paris was at the grip of Impressionism and the budding Expressionism, Mucha remained oblivious to such potential influences, as he obviously always saw himself more a designer rather than artist of the avant guard. Viewed from the distance of more than a century, in many ways his art was perhaps even more innovative. Mucha's originality lies in the way he was able to marry the ornamental design, such as can be seen on many works of art from the antiquity to the present times, and occurring in many parts of the world, with the the kind of figurative painting that is almost touching on the naive art, creating something that in his time was referred to as “Le Style Mucha”, before it became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha himself did not like the term "art nouveau", quite rightfully pointing out that art was eternal and therefore could not be new.

                                                       (http://www.booksplendour.com.au/gallery/classics/Mucha/Mucha_T.jpg)

Mucha's art, particularly when he was at the peak of his creative powers around 1900, above all else is an apotheoses of womanhood. While his women are always strikingly beautiful and often quite voluptuous, one would hesitate to say that the artist saw them as “sex objects”, to use the present-day terminology. While their femininity is always strongly accentuated, there is something about them, perhaps their innocence, that reminds one more of the idealistic Pre-Raphaelite painters than of Mucha's contemporaries, such as the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt, whose portraits, while equally glamorous, are far more sensuous.

There is something else that lies underneath Mucha’s art. While not looking much for inspiration in the works of his contemporaries, nevertheless he could not escape the influence of the occult revival that had hit Paris just before his arrival. It was to profoundly inspire not only the visual artists of his and the next generation (such as Wassily Kandinsky and many other abstract painters, and later also the surrealists), but perhaps even more so people in the other fields of art, musical composers (Debussy, Stravinsky), sculptors (Brancusi), architects, etc. If one looks carefully, particularly on Mucha's ornamental panels, which are usually loaded with symbols, and which he seems to have painted mainly for his own pleasure, it is hard not to admit that almost everything in Mucha’s art points to his preoccupation with the more esoteric aspects of life. This somehow comes through even when the subject is something as mundane as an advertisement for a particular brand of biscuits, beverages or pushbikes. Mucha does that mainly through a skilful employment of sensually pleasing images embodied in geometrically correct and elaborately designed ornamental frames. One suspects that he must have seriously studied not only the works of some old masters, such as Leonardo or Rembrandt, architects such as Vitruvius, but also the teachings of the ancient philosophers, such as Pythagoras, and his principles of sacred geometry and numerology. Almost everything in the latter's philosophical treatises that have come to us through his disciples, is about cycles of nature, which to him are closely associated with the evolution of the human spirit. So it is with Mucha. 
The big breakthrough for the artist came with the theatre posters that Mucha designed for Sara Bernhardt for the play Gismonda became a sensation in Paris in December 1894. The diva declared that she would not use any other designer for posters advertising the plays in which she starred. Posters, before the more modern ways of advertising became available, such as TV and radio, were extremely important ways of attracting audiences, cities like Paris were full of them, and hard to overlook. Virtually overnight, Mucha found himself famous.

In 1900, when the World Fair was held in Paris, Mucha received the prestigious commission to decorate the Austrian pavilion. Mucha stayed in Paris till 1906, after that he went to America, where he stayed for several year while teaching art at New York and Chicago. After 1910 he lived more or less permanently in and around Prague, but frequently travelled to America.

Mucha was a very busy and versatile artist. He worked on advertisements for various products and on ornamental panels, he had his hand in architectural design, he made a large number of book illustrations, he designed jewellery, he even made some sculptures. From the age of 50 or so, after returning to his homeland, he became much preoccupied with an enormous project he named the Slav Epic, a cycle of monumental paintings illustrating the history of the Slavs, on which he worked intermittently until his death.

Incidentally, the name Mucha, which is the Moravian version of the Czech "moucha", means fly. A fly on the wall... these pictures, being sometimes a little voyeuristic, certainly could evoke such an image in one's mind...

One more thing: Mucha's name is nearly always mispronounced. The French were initially to blame for this, but the English speakers don't fall far behind. Properly pronounced, the "CH" in his name should sound approximately as the "ch" in the name of the famous lake Loch Ness in Scotland, as pronounced by a native.
                      (http://www.booksplendour.com.au/gallery/classics/Mucha/Image2mucha.jpg)

http://www.booksplendour.com.au/


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 08:59:39 am
(http://www.glassbyolimpia.com/images/wallpaper_mucha.jpg)

THE SEASONS


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:01:28 am
(http://homepages.tesco.net/ian.cox99/Mucha%20-%20Madonna%20of%20the%20Lilies%202%20versions.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:03:30 am
(http://podwall.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/mucha2.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:09:28 am
(http://www.altair.co.uk/ALPHONSE%20MUCHA%20(1860%20-%201939).JPG)

LES HEURES DU JOUR - The Times of the Day


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:11:16 am
(http://www.tellthetruthtravel.com/images/Prague/Shopping/Mucha1.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:13:48 am
(http://www.trueartworks.com/large/0000-0660.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 09:22:39 am
(http://blogs.sun.com/korn/resource/Mucha_stained_glass.jpeg)


ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL

Stained-glass Window


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: unknown on November 21, 2007, 11:07:58 am
Hi Bianca

Thank you dear, Mucha is wonderful... he combines the classical feminine ideal with a wonderful almost medieval floral design... his art is truly unique and inspiring.


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 11:27:50 am



You inspired this, Unknown!!!

I'd seen his work, but I didn't know his name until you suggested it.  The rest is history.....



Truly, truly a great artist......

Glad you liked it.

Hugs,

b


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Post by: Jennifer O'Dell on November 21, 2007, 01:18:46 pm
Sensational artwork, Bianca, I never heard of Mucha before seeing this.


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: unknown on November 21, 2007, 01:36:30 pm
Hi Bianca

I have made some efforts in trying to do work in this style... I love the floral framing and I think it works great for book covers.

Hi Jennifer

His art is cool! isn't it.


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 01:51:38 pm
(http://www.ursusbooks.com/thumbnail.php?img=./itemimages/52011a.jpg&maxwidth=700)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 01:54:20 pm
(http://www.practicalpainting.com/images/ArtNouveau/AlphonseMucha/fruit1897.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 01:57:48 pm




WELL!!!


I have been making bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings in copper just like the arm

bracelet above, for years and years!


Who knew I was doing it in the "Art Nouveau" style?


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:01:15 pm
(http://www.practicalpainting.com/images/ArtNouveau/AlphonseMucha/MOET_&_CHANDON.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:03:28 pm
    (http://pequenas.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/am06.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:05:16 pm
(http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/h2/h2_2003.560.jpg)






Brooch, ca. 1900



Manufacturer: Georges Fouquet (French, 1862–1957);

Designer: Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939)


Gold, enamel, mother-of-pearl, opal, emerald,
colored stones, gold paint; Diam. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)


Gift of Eva and Michael Chow, 2003 (2003.560)





This remarkable brooch is a highlight of the three-year partnership of Georges Fouquet, the French jeweler known for his inventiveness and high-quality execution, and Alphonse Mucha, the Czech graphic artist whose work perhaps best epitomizes the decorative luxuries of the Art Nouveau style. The two men collaborated from 1899 to 1901. At a time when the emphasis had been on precious stones in traditional settings usually derived from the Louis XVI period, Fouquet and Mucha together redefined fine jewelry design, espousing the belief that the beauty of a jewel depends on its artistic conception. Materials were chosen for their contribution to the overall design, not for their intrinsic value.

Mucha conceived a spectacular series of elaborate jewels to be executed by Fouquet in his Paris atelier. Those objects formed the centerpiece of Fouquet's display at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. In 1901, he asked Mucha to carry out an idea that he had kept in mind for a number of years: Fouquet wanted new premises in which the interior decoration harmonized with the jewelry he was creating. By the end of the year, he had moved his business to the Rue Royale, where the interiors were of unparalleled Art Nouveau sumptuousness.
 

 
 
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Citation for this page:

"Georges Fouquet and Alphonse Mucha: Brooch (2003.560)". In Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/11/euwco/hod_2003.560.htm (October 2006)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:11:21 pm
(http://www.mala.bc.ca/~Johnstoi/praguepage/muchal10.gif)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:12:57 pm
(http://studio-online.com/socomments/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/tn_photo_07.jpg)

MUCHA IN HIS STUDIO







Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) created lush, decorative and highly seductive images that

captured the philosophy of Art Nouveau as few others could. Mucha’s style appeals to the broadest of

audiences. His designs are icons of their time and continue to draw enthusiastic admirers.



Posters, note cards, tote bags, t-shirts and much more sport reproductions of his graceful

mademoiselles.

(http://www.posterclassics.com/imagesms/bigMuchaFigaro.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:16:51 pm
(http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/images/features/1558/AAED002594_RETG.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 02:19:37 pm
(http://www.erasofelegance.com/arts/muchawp.jpg)

THE LADY OF THE CAMELIAS

VERDI'S "LA TRAVIATA"

ENGLISH: CAMILLE?


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: unknown on November 21, 2007, 02:37:54 pm
The bracelet is cool... has a very celtic feel, I think


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 04:45:55 pm
(http://www.broadviewpress.com/tales/assets/maiden.gif)

                                                             Well, the spiral is pretty well universal, Unk.

I honestly believe that it is because it's so easy and fun to work with, not for any 'esoteric'
or occult meaning.  But people really like to read a lot of 'stuff' in things....

Anyhoo, FLOWERS and JEWELLERY, my two favorite things.

Oh, yes, GEMSTONES too:  did you see that emerald brooch/pendant?

YUM....



Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:07:52 pm
(http://pragueartshop.com/images/mucha1.jpg)


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Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:09:09 pm
(http://vr.theatre.ntu.edu.tw/fineart/painter-wt/mucha/mucha-1898ax.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:12:50 pm
(http://www.artwallpapers.net/paintings/alphonse_mucha/paintings/alphonse_mucha_autumn.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:17:16 pm
(http://artfiles.art.com/images/-/Alphonse-Mucha/Cycles-Perfecta-Giclee-Print-C10112680.jpeg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:19:39 pm
                                       (http://www.goodart.org/amfusch.jpg)




Mucha's design of a fuchsia necklace, made up of opal, cabochon sapphires and pearls.
Created by the jeweller G. Fouquet


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:27:30 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amsyca.jpg)

This sycamore brooch was executed by jeweller G. Fouquet in Cloisoinne' enamel,
diamonds and a teardrop pearl.


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 21, 2007, 05:50:48 pm
(http://www.jmcohenrarebooks.com/cats/graphics/0046-61.jpg)


Fouquet, Georges.


Engraved color frontespiece of the bracelet by Fouquet, designed by Alphonse Mucha for Sarah

Bernhardt, first exhibited at the Paris 1900 exhibition,


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:36:32 pm
                            (http://www.goodart.org/amjaro.jpg)

                                                                    J A R O S L A V A

                                                             PORTRAIT OF HIS DAUGHTER


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:41:53 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amlefe.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:43:49 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amparis.jpg)

THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:45:22 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amnovem.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:46:33 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amslav.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:50:05 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdawn.jpg)

D A W N


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:51:33 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdusk.jpg)

D U S K


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:52:55 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amuntit.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:54:06 pm
 


                        (http://oracolomediterraneo.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/the-virgin-of-the-lilies.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 04:55:25 pm







In addition to being a brilliant painter and illustrator, Mucha was also a master of design. The following

sketches contain a sampling of the designs he created for tableware, jewelry, furniture, and other

things.

 




(http://www.goodart.org/amnatur.jpg)


Bust of Nature

(Silver, gilt bronze, and marble)
(1899-1900)



Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:00:21 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi1.jpg)

Collection #1 -Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:03:29 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi2.jpg)

Collection #2 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:05:26 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi3.jpg)

Collection #3 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:07:44 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi4.jpg)

Collection # 4 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:09:27 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi5.jpg)

Collection #5 - Miscellaneous


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:10:51 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi6.jpg)

Collection #6 - Furniture


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:12:37 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi7.jpg)

Collection # 7 - Furniture


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:13:59 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi8.jpg)

Collection #8 - Lamps


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:15:41 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi9.jpg)

Collection #9 - Lamps


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:17:15 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi10.jpg)

Collection #10 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:18:42 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi11.jpg)

Collection #11 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:19:52 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amdesi12.jpg)

Collection #12 - Tableware


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:30:34 pm



Mucha was a careful planner and made extensive studies of his subjects before producing the final

result, sometimes using photographs as models (in much the same way was Maxfield Parrish did).

Here are some examples of his sketches and designs.





(http://www.goodart.org/amstud3.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:34:06 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amstud1.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:35:41 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amstud2.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:39:24 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amstud4.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:40:59 pm
(http://www.goodart.org/amharp1.jpg)



(http://www.goodart.org/amharp2.jpg)


HEARST MAGAZINE COVER


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:45:08 pm
(http://www.booksplendour.com.au/gallery/classics/Mucha/Mucha2.jpg)

ONE OF MUCHA'S MODELS


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:46:30 pm
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/21/100266561_134b261b5f.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:48:39 pm
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/21/27317404_24a570d0ec.jpg)

MUCHA TILE


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:52:41 pm
                                (http://dowdellclass.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/alphonse_mucha_girl_in_a_grainfield.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 05:54:56 pm
(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/RIC/1400-13491~Morning-Posters.jpg)

M O R N I N G




(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/RIC/1400-13492~Daytime-Posters.jpg)

D A Y T I M E




(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/RIC/1400-13493~Evening-Posters.jpg)

E V E N I N G




(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/RIC/1400-13494~Night-Posters.jpg)

N I G H T


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 06:07:01 pm
(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/KUN/8483~Monaco-Monte-Carlo-1897-Posters.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 06:51:23 pm
(http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/biographies/MainBiographies/M/Mucha/mucha6.gif)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 06:53:45 pm
(http://cs.nga.gov.au/IMAGES/LRG/36415.JPG)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 06:56:51 pm
(http://www.dargate.com/os/archives/a191-3310.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 06:58:31 pm
(http://www.pixelparadox.com/images/mucha.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 07:00:22 pm
(http://www.illusionsgallery.com/Heraldic-Chivalry-Mucha-L.jpg)

H E R A L D I C   C H I V A L R Y


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 07:05:00 pm



             (http://www.passion-estampes.com/deco/affiches/mucha/mucha600.JPG)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 07:12:44 pm
(http://www.nursepostcard.com/nurse_1.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 22, 2007, 07:15:55 pm
                             (http://www.worcesterart.org/Images/Exhibitions/Photos/hyacinth_header.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on November 25, 2007, 07:42:13 am









QUOTE:

Unknown:



Hi Bianca

I have made some efforts in trying to do work in this style... I love the floral framing and I think it works great for book covers.

Hi Jennifer

His art is cool! isn't it.
 
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Unk:

If and when you use this style, let us all see it, will you?

I think you'd do a SUPERB revival of it......



Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 01, 2008, 10:43:38 pm




               (http://cfs9.tistory.com/image/7/tistory/2008/08/04/01/49/4895e19a3e01c)

                     SELF-PORTRAIT


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 01, 2008, 10:48:52 pm



                   (http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/3/7/4/5/0/2/webimg/111819129_o.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 01, 2008, 10:57:35 pm



           (http://dowdellclass.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/alphonse_mucha_girl_in_a_grainfield.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 01, 2008, 11:03:40 pm




            (http://www.graficainlinea.com/images/alphonse_mucha_gallery_11.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 09:40:19 pm




                                   (http://www.leninimports.com/alphonse_mucha_gallery_4.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 09:44:24 pm
                       (http://onetruethought.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/1016935562965_mucha_s_moonstar.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 09:46:20 pm
                 (http://joannlacey.com/Moet-et-Chandon,-Alphonse-M.gif)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 09:58:36 pm
                                (http://www.artinthepicture.com/artists/Alphonse_Mucha/gismonda.jpeg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:01:57 pm
                                 (http://www.von-zezschwitz.de/bilder/19000/19406.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:08:08 pm
                                       (http://www.galleryofart.us/albums/Alphonse_Mucha/Alphonse%20Mucha%20-%20Lorenzaccio_1896_73x203.7cm.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:10:08 pm
                                        (http://www.galleryofart.us/albums/Alphonse_Mucha/Alphonse%20Mucha%20-%20Hamlet_1899_76.5x205.7cm.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:13:46 pm
             (http://images.google.co.uk/url?q=http://cfs7.tistory.com/image/14/tistory/2008/08/04/01/58/4895e3b35bac3&usg=AFQjCNGz72rOOpIxckMc86VgZr2ra02IYA)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:18:45 pm
                                         (http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j202/amunet999/Alphonse_Mucha_Morning_Star_1902_23.jpg)


Title: Re: ALPHONSE MUCHA
Post by: Bianca on December 07, 2008, 10:21:02 pm
                                (http://catalog.pg.cz/uploads/product_variant_a/A-9080/title_A-9080.jpg)