Alphonse Mucha  (Czech, 1860-1939) 

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939) was a famous poster designer and French Art Nouveau artist. Mucha was born in Ivancice, Moravia, and received his first job as a professional artist at the age of 19. He was denied acceptance into the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, but later studied at the Academy of Art in Munich, where he was sponsored by Count Khuen Belasi.

In 1887, after finishing two years of study, the Count agreed that Mucha should go to Paris to continue his studies. Mucha caught his next big break in 1894, when he was asked to design a poster for the production of Gismonda. When Sarah Bernhardt saw the magnificent piece, she offered Mucha a contract to not only make posters, but to also make stage and costume designs. During this time, he also agreed to make posters for the printer Champenois. Over the next 10 years, Mucha became a popular and wealthy Parisian artist. He also spent time teaching at Academie Colarossi and Academie Carmen during this period.

In 1899, the Austrian Government offered Mucha payment to do the interior design of the Pavilion of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which in 1900 became a portion of the Paris International Exhibition. While Mucha was working on the drawings, he visualized the creation of a monument to the Slav people, which he would later call Slav Epic. Mucha decided to seek fame in America, but found that the country wasn''''t as great as he had been promised. He met Marie Chytilova, and they married in 1906. Their daughter, Jaroslava, was born in 1909.

While in America, he also met Charles Crane, a millionaire with a love for the Slav people, who agreed to supply the money for Slav Epic. Mucha went back to Bohemia in 1910, where he spent the rest of his life creating the famous Slav Epic. It is made up of 20 paintings celebrating over 1,000 years of the history of the Slav people. Mucha and Marie''''s son, Jiri, was born in 1915.

In 1939, Mucha died of pneumonia and was buried in Prague. Later, his work Slav Epic was put up as a permanent exhibit in 1968 in the castle of Moravsky Krumlov. More than 100 exhibits from throughout the artist''''s life are now found in the Baroque Kaunický Palace, the very first Mucha Museum in Prague.

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Alphonse Mucha, Mirror

 

Alphonse Mucha
Mirror
1900

Zygman Voss Gallery
Alphonse Mucha, LEFEVRE-UTILE / SARAH BERNHARDT

 

Alphonse Mucha
LEFEVRE-UTILE / SARAH BERNHARDT
1903

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, LES SAISONS (The Seasons)

 

Alphonse Mucha
LES SAISONS (The Seasons)
1897

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, ÉVEIL DU MATIN (Morning Awakening)

 

Alphonse Mucha
ÉVEIL DU MATIN (Morning Awakening)
1899

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, BISCUITS LEFÈVRE-UTILE

 

Alphonse Mucha
BISCUITS LEFÈVRE-UTILE
1896

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, LE FRUIT

 

Alphonse Mucha
LE FRUIT
1897

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, JOB

 

Alphonse Mucha
JOB
1900

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, LA PLUME (The Quill)

 

Alphonse Mucha
LA PLUME (The Quill)
1899

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
Alphonse Mucha, LA PRIMAVERE (The Primrose)

 

Alphonse Mucha
LA PRIMAVERE (The Primrose)
1899

Christopher-Clark Fine Art
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Alphonse Mucha, Poster for The Regional Fair at Ivančice

 

Alphonse Mucha
Poster for The Regional Fair at Ivančice, 1912
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Alphonse Mucha, Poster for The Sokol Festival in Prague

 

Alphonse Mucha
Poster for The Sokol Festival in Prague, 1926
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Alphonse Mucha, Polibek jara

 

Alphonse Mucha
Polibek jara, 1919
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1860   Born in Ivancice, Moravia near the city of Brno in the modern Czech Republic.
1895   Signed a six year contract with Sarah Bernardt to produce stage and costume designs as well as posters
1898   Began publishing graphics with “Champenois”
1900   Published "Documents Decoratifs"
1900   Designed the Bosnia-Hercegovina Pavilion at the World's Fair in Paris
1900   Published Documents Decoratifs
1939   Returned home after a Gestapo questioning session and died shortly thereafter.
1980   Grand Palais, Paris
1928   Trade Fair Palace
1897   Symbolist 20th exhibition
1897   Topic Gallery, Prague