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Design after Mucha's "Byzantine Head"

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Alphonse Mucha is synonymous with Art Nouveau, a style of fine art, decorative art, and architecture that broke with the academicism of the 19th century in favor of florid lines inspired by the natural environment. A lithographed advertising poster he was commissioned to create for a play featuring the celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt in 1894 catapulted him out of obscurity and brought him instant success as a commercial artist. Rendered in pale pastels, much of his work depicts beautiful young women draped in Neoclassical robes set amidst flowers, feathers, and other sensuous natural forms. He was celebrated not only for illustrating advertising posters, but also for painting, book illustrations, sculpting, and designing theater sets, jewelry, and wallpaper.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
21 Years of Galerie d'OrsayGalerie d'Orsay
2017
Alphonse Mucha: Art NouveauDavid Barnett Gallery
2014
Celestial NymphsRue Royale Fine Art
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Clement Massier, Wall-Hanging Charger With Maiden, Golfe-Juan, France, ca. 1900

1 1/4 × 13 3/4 in
3.2 × 34.9 cm
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Rago/Wright

Design after Mucha's "Byzantine Head"

Medium
Signature
Signed

Alphonse Mucha is synonymous with Art Nouveau, a style of fine art, decorative art, and architecture that broke with the academicism of the 19th century in favor of florid lines inspired by the natural environment. A lithographed advertising poster he was commissioned to create for a play featuring the celebrated actress Sarah Bernhardt in 1894 catapulted him out of obscurity and brought him instant success as a commercial artist. Rendered in pale pastels, much of his work depicts beautiful young women draped in Neoclassical robes set amidst flowers, feathers, and other sensuous natural forms. He was celebrated not only for illustrating advertising posters, but also for painting, book illustrations, sculpting, and designing theater sets, jewelry, and wallpaper.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Alphonse Mucha
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