What a marvelous collection! These Art Noveau posters by the famed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha are visual feasts, appealing, curvaceous, sinuous. Rich in color and line they arrest the eye. Of the 222 colour illustrations, one would be hard pressed to select a favorite; aficionados will simply return to the volume again and again to enjoy.
Born in rural Moravia in 1860, Mucha found his world in Paris where he was commissioned to do a poster for famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. It was so well received that "Le style Mucha" was born. Of course, it didn't happen overnight but along the way he came to know other artists such as Gauguin and Strindberg who influenced his work.
As if his fame as a poster artist were not enough, he also ventured into architecture, and also created beautiful drawings and pastels replete with symbolism. As he matured he would paint monumental canvases of the Slav Epic, lasting evidence of his patriotism.
In the belief that art influenced all of life his work sends a message of peace and harmony, which is especially noted in his allegorical scenes.
Included in this keepsake volume are Mucha's photographs, those of models, those taken on study trips, and those taken of his family. Photography is one more aspect of this artist's genius.
Artist, philosopher, patriot, dreamer, Mucha is unforgettable.
- Gail Cooke