You may not know his name, but you know his work. One of the Art Nouveau greats influenced by Paris, Alphonse Mucha will have his work on display in an exhibit at the Musée du Luxembourg, opening September 12, 2018, and running until January 27, 2019.
Born in the Czech Republic in 1860, Mucha gained fame in 1895 in Paris with his first poster, “Gismonda,” for Sarah Bernhardt, one of the famous actresses of the era. His style as a poster artist was distinct, many featuring young women and floral motifs in pastel shades. These are his most famous works that anyone is sure to recognize. Mucha’s poster work embodied the emerging Art Nouveau movement, with its organic lines, decorative elements, and depictions of hedonism and free-spiritedness. His work later shifted to large, humanist paintings that were representative of his political inclinations.
The exhibit traces his career as a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, and a decorator, moving through his depictions of actresses to his renderings of historic scenes.
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