Alphonse Mucha – part 2

Self-Portrait 1896 working on the cartoon of the poster 'Imprimerie Cassan Fils' © Mucha Trust
Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha (1860 – 1939) was a Czech painter and decorative artist born in 1860 born in the town of Ivančice, Moravia. He is best known for his luxurious poster and product designs, which encapsulate the Art Nouveau style. Contemporary interest in his work was revived in 1980 after an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.

 This part looks solely at Mucha's lithographs for 'Ilsée, Princess of Tripoli'. Mucha had only three months to prepare 134 coloured lithographs before the edition was due to go to print. It was given an enthusiastic reception by the critics. Czech and German editions were later published in 1901 in Prague.

This is part 2 of a 12-part post on the works of Alphonse Mucha. For biographical notes on Mucha, and for earlier works, see part 1. Part 3 tomorrow.

Majority of images in this part courtesy of Jaam's Photo Albums.


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