The Works of Alphonse Mucha Biography • He was born on 24th July 1860 in the Czech Republic. • He showed a big musical and graphic talent when he was a young boy. • Thanks his talent he had obtained referral to study high school in Brno where he could develop his gift. • Mucha went to Germany where he started to study at a graphics school. He finished in Paris. • Early on, he worked for a famous actress Sarah Bernhardt and her theatre in Paris. • After nearly a lifetime of success in the world of advertisement, he finished off his life with The Slav Epic. • He died on 14th July 1939. What interests you about this designer? • The use of illustration within his pieces • Visually pleasing works with the use of images and text • Successful and practical usage of his work • Intricate designs • Complex Composition • Soft colors • Textures What was the purpose of his work? He mainly worked in the field of advertisement, and his work was used in a variety of ways. • • • • • • • Commercial designs Posters Costumes Scenic schemes Advertisements Book Illustrations Jewelry Designs In what time period was he working? • Time Period: 1860-1939 • Art Movement: Art Nouveau (though he refuses to align himself with any movement) Where was he working? He was most active in France. Later in his life he traveled to the United States to give lectures about his work. Inspiration? • Hans Makart • Eugène-Samuel Grasset • The Pre-Raphaelites. Design & Philosophy • Does not believe that he’s apart of the “Art Nouveau” movement. Art is eternal. • His taste for Celtic and Byzantine art can be seen in the mosaic backgrounds and in the portrayal of gorgeous garments with gold and precious gems. • He had a taste for female figures in theatrical poses, flamboyant curving lines, floral motifs and delicate interwoven designs. What is visually appealing about his work to you? • His use of lines is much like my own technique, yet appearing very different. • Very detailed pieces make them appear more professional. • There is a flow in his drawing of fabrics, giving his work more movement. • His drawings of women are beautiful to look at. • His use of colors made his work stand out. More Awesomeness Sources • Michèle Lavallée. "Mucha, Alphonse." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. 16 Mar. 2011 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T060 126>. • Krumlov, Moravsky. "Alphonse Mucha." The Slav Epic. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. <http://epopej.cz/epopej_gb.html>.