Tuesday, March 4, 2008

timeless inspiration

Alphonse Maria Mucha [1860-1939] is one of my favourite artist of all time. His works are phenomenally beautiful and never cease to amaze me. Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets. He is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French art, known as the Art Nouveau style.

The Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of this world-acclaimed Czech artist is housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace in the very heart of Prague. A selection of over 100 exhibits comprising paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia provides a privileged view into the universe of the artist who is most widely known for the posters he executed for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris.

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