Madrid was in luck, since October the 12th until February the 25th we had in the city a Mucha exhibition. The show was conceived as a comprehensive survey consisting of over 200 pieces and the selection was enabled by the Mucha Foundation.
The exhibition highlights six facets of Mucha’s personality: Bohemian; picture maker for people; cosmopolitan; mystic; patriot and philosopher. Through these aspects, the exhibition looks at the development of his artistic career and how he grew as a man, living through one of the most turbulent times in European history.
I’m sure you already know everything about one of the greatest decorative artists of all times, but just in case I will tell you a little bit about this artist.
Alfons Mucha was born in 1860 in Moravia, in addition to his art studies, he worked at producing a magazine and advertising illustrations but his huge fame arrived with the creation of posters for the great star of that time: Sarah Bernhardt.
Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewelry, carpets and theatre sets in what was termed initially The Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha’s works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing, vaguely Neoclassical-looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed halos behind their heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers, he used pale pastel colors
His interest in the esoteric and his Czechoslovak nationalism marked part of his work. For Czechoslovakia, he created stamps, banknotes, and other government documents; while working on what he considered his great work: The Slavic Epic, a series of huge paintings devoted to the history of the Slavic peoples.
With the arrival of Art Deco, Mucha’s style was considered outdated. However, in the 1960s he was vindicated by numerous artists and designers, becoming a great influence on the psychedelic aesthetics of the time. Even today, Mucha’s style can surprise you in the most unsuspected places; Hapshash and the Coloured Coat or the Italian collective Malleus
via: wikipedia & muchamadrid