Alfonse Mucha (1860-1939) was one of the most prolific artists from the Art Nouveau period. This musuem highlights his life and work in Bohemia and Paris.
Mucha became the toast of the town in Paris when he produced his first posters for Sarah Bernhardt, the legendary actress. His unique style of decorative art kick-started the Art Nouveau movement. Mucha's much admired posters for French products like chocolate, bicycles and beer revolutionized commercial art just before the turn of the century.
Mucha used live models for most of his work and went to extremes to pose them perfectly. Scantily clad female forms were his favorite subject. His use of curved lines and elaborate border designs set his work apart, although many tried to copy his style. Mucha also took on commissions for large projects including some exquisite stained glass panels in St. Vitus' Cathedral in Prague Castle.
Closeup of stained glass panel by Alfonse Mucha in St. Vitus' Cathedral.
The museum contains lithographs, drawings, paintings, photographs (some very interesting!) and sculpture, all with English descriptions. There's a video in English about Mucha's life and work that is definitely worth viewing. The gift shop has an excellent selection of Mucha posters, prints, cards, calendars and so much more.
Of course you can purchase Mucha posters in our online Poster Store.
Please note: The images here are NOT from the Mucha Museum.
Address: Panska 7 City: Prague Postcode: Phone: 221 451 333 Fax: 221 451 335 Added: August 29th 2003 Score: Related Link:Mucha Museum Website Hits: 8011 Language:
Posted by Arvin Leroux on 2006-02-20 20:25:48 My Score: Great museum! The video introduction is well worth it. The museum itself little but refreshing given the abundance of classical art that can easily oversaturate. The shop has some very cool items as well and the staff were perhaps the most friendly and welcoming I have ever experienced at a museum. I'm not sure about the description above stating his subjects as being "scantily clad" though...
Posted by Helen on 2004-03-11 11:22:46 My Score: Interesting film which you should see first,charming welcome and a good selection of works. Excellent shop.