Famous Czechs - Alphonse Mucha
MessageAlphonse Mucha (1860-1939)
Alfons Mucha was born on July 24, 1860, in the small Moravian town of Ivancice (today in the Czech Republic). He was one of the most versatile and influential artists of the ‘belle époque. Not only was he a great painter and decorative artist, but he also mastered sculpture, interior design and jewellery making. His posters, prints and calendars reached a huge audience due to advancing reproduction technologies. And as well as being greatly popular, their strong composition and enticing content allowed his designs to mould a new style. This ‘style Mucha’ acted as a template for a generation of designers. Typically featuring beautiful long-haired women, framed intricately with fruit, foliage and almost Egyptian-styled symbols, his style came to be regarded as synonymous with Art Nouveau as a whole.
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