Monday, July 24, 2017

Today's birthday. Alfons Maria Mucha , the king of Art Nouveau

July 24, 2017. Alfons Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 - 14 July 1939), known in English as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs. In this image: The "Slav Epic", a cycle of 20 allegories tracing the history of the Slavic people and inspired in part by mythology, by Art Nouveau Czech artist Alfons Mucha, at the National Gallery in Prague."The Slav Epic" by Alfons Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau gem, went on display in Prague, fulfilling the wish of the artist who spent 18 years on the series of paintings from 1910 to 1928.

The rising tide of fascism during the late 1930s resulted in Mucha's works and his Slavic nationalism being denounced in the press as ‘reactionary.'   Mucha’s Slav nationalism and Jewish roots made him a primary target of the Gestapo during Nazi occupation.

When German troops moved into Czechoslovakia during the spring of 1939, Mucha was among the first persons to be arrested by the Gestapo. During his interrogation, the aging artist became ill with pneumonia. Though released eventually, he may have been weakened by this event. He died in Prague on 14 July 1939, due to lung infection, and was interred there in the Vyšehrad cemetery. 

Savonnerie de Bagnolet, 1897

Biscuits LeFèvre-Utile

Byzantine Heads: Brunette (wikipedia)

Mucha's The Slav Epic cycle No.2: The Celebration of Svantovít (1912) from Wikipedia

Mucha's The Slav Epic cycle No.20: The Apotheosis of the Slavs, Slavs for Humanity (1926). from Wikipedia
Four Seasons

An introduction to the Works of Mucha (Public Domain)

Mucha Foundation: 

Gallery of his work:

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

How I never heard of this artist before is beyond me! I love his work. The designs, colors, placement. . . I like it all! My favorites are the Four Seasons and Byzantine Heads, but it was very hard to choose. Very interesting style. Thanks for introducing me!