Mucha Alfons, 1860 – 1939

A famous Czech painter, decorator, apologist of theatrical and advertising posters in Art Nouveau style. Founder of Art Nouveau. Born in Ivancice. He received art education in Brno. In 1880 he worked in Vienna as a theatrical set designer. He continued his studying in Munich Academy of Arts (1885 - 1887) and in Julien Academy in Paris. From 188...

A famous Czech painter, decorator, apologist of theatrical and advertising posters in Art Nouveau style. Founder of Art Nouveau. Born in Ivancice. He received art education in Brno. In 1880 he worked in Vienna as a theatrical set designer. He continued his studying in Munich Academy of Arts (1885 - 1887) and in Julien Academy in Paris. From 1887 till 1922 he lived mainly in Paris. Since 1903, he visited the USA several times, where he worked as a painter and a teacher. He gained wide popularuty after the creation of posters and sketches of costumes and sets for the theaterical productions of "Renaissance" Theatre, and for S. Bernard Theatre in Paris. He became one of the leading artists of the French advertising, many of his compositions were published in magazines in the form of posters. Author of a number of image series in the style of Art Nouveau, which is widely published nowadays. In the late nineteenth century his works were exhibited in all major capitals of Europe and the USA. After the First World War he returned to the Czech Republic. After the proclamation of the republic (1918), the artist was commissioned to manufacture the first Czech stamps, banknotes and the national emblem. He entered the art history as one of the leaders of Art Nouveau.

 

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