Alfons Mucha

Alfons Mucha

Birth
Jihomoravský (South Moravia), Czech Republic
Death 14 Jul 1939 (aged 78)
Prague, Okres Praha, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Burial Prague, Okres Praha, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Memorial ID 9426038 · View Source
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Czech painter and decorative artist. He was the most defining artist of the Art Nouveau style. When he was young, he worked at what decorative painting jobs he could in Brno, mostly painting theatrical scenery. Then in 1879 he moved to Vienna to work for a leading Viennese theatrical design company. After that he got formal training at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887 he moved to Paris, continuing his studies at the Académie Julian and Academie Colarossi while producing magazine and advertising illustrations on the side. In 1894 he was hired to produce the artwork for a lithographed poster advertising Sarah Bernhardt at the Theatre de la Renaissance; Mucha's lush stylized illustration won him fame and numerous commissions. Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, and advertisements in what came to be known as the Art Nouveau Style. Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful healthy young women in flowing vaguely Neoclassical looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed haloes behind the women's heads. His style soon came to be much imitated, though seldom so beautifully and artistically as the work of Mucha himself. He went to the USA from 1906 to 1910, then returned to the Czech lands and settled in Prague. He decorated the Theater of Fine Arts and other landmarks of the city. When Czechoslovakia won its independence after the First World War, Mucha designed the new postage stamps, banknotes, and other government documents for the new nation. He spent years working on what he considered his masterpiece, The Slav Epic, a series of huge paintings depicting the history of the Slavic peoples, unveiled in Prague in 1928.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 9426038
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfons Mucha (24 Jul 1860–14 Jul 1939), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9426038, citing Vysehradsky Cemetery, Prague, Okres Praha, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic ; Maintained by Find A Grave .