Alphonse Mucha Drawings Alphonse Mucha drawings are ones that you will revisit time and time again. You may eventually find prints of them in every room of your house Okay, maybe not. They are rich with ideas, intense drama, compelling compositions and technical mastery. There is something new to notice every time you observe them. Sadly, Alphonse Mucha drawings are some of his least known works of art.
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Alphonse Mucha Drawings Alphonse Mucha drawings are ones that you will revisit time and time again. You may eventually find prints of them in every room of your house Okay, maybe not. They are rich with ideas, intense drama, compelling compositions and technical mastery. There is something new to notice every time you observe them. Sadly, Alphonse Mucha drawings are some of his least known works of art. Most often he is remembered as one of the most influential artists in the field of decorative arts and the Art Nouveau movement.
In the latter half of his career, he distanced himself from the decorative style he pioneered to devote himself to painting the Slav Epic: a series of twenty monumental paintings depicting the history of the Slavic people. The above drawing is a study for one of the Slav Epic paintings. The series was created from a perspective that combined Catholicism and occultism, which Mucha was greatly influenced by. The "Documents Decoratifs" Drawings Mucha also created the "documents decoratifs": 72 plates of drawings meant for creatives such as painters, interior decorators and cratfsmen to study from and utilize.
Because they were intended to be used by such a broad audience, he incorporated various aspects of craft and design into the drawings, including landscape studies, ornamental friezes, figurative designs, furniture, botanical sketches and more. Furthermore, these pictures were drawn almost entirely with line: Even the reflection in the glass which looks so believable from afar , is, upon closer examination, a beautifully designed pattern of lines. He tended to use a subdued palette in the pastel pieces, accentuated with violent accents of deep red.
It includes wonderful images of the entire Le Pater series, including the preliminary sketches which actually look very different than the final drawings and could, in my opinion, be an entirely separate series. The book can be purchased on Amazon. You may also be interested in
Flowers - the Rose Paris Universal Exposition[ edit ] The Paris Universal Exposition of , famous as the first grand showcase of the Art Nouveau , gave Mucha an opportunity to move in an entirely different direction, toward the large-scale historical paintings which he had admired in Vienna. It also allowed him to express his Czech patriotism. His foreign name had caused much speculation in the French press, which distressed him. Sarah Bernhardt stood up on his behalf, declaring in La France that Mucha was "a Czech from Moravia not only by birth and origin, but also by feeling, by conviction and by patriotism. This pavilion displayed examples of industry, agriculture and culture of these provinces which in , by the Treaty of Berlin , had been taken away from Turkey and put under the tutorship of Austria. The temporary building built for the Exposition had three large halls with two levels, with a ceiling more than twelve meters high, and with natural light from skylights.