The Story of Art Nouveau
Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Jiri Mucha.
Alphonse Mucha created these images and his son Jiri Mucha, provided general supervision of the printing of this museum quality lithographic poster.
These certified posters were produced by a printer approved by Jiri Mucha, from hand-drawn plates in 1982 on satin finish, 100% rag paper, similar to the original panneaux used by Mucha.
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.
Czech, 1860-1939, Ivančice, Czech Republic