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Mucha exhibition, the most beautiful posters of Art Nouveau

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Mucha exhibition, the most beautiful posters of Art Nouveau

Mucha Trust 2018

Main instigator of the Art Nouveau and flagship artist of the Parisian bohemian, Alphonse Mucha invite himself to Luxembourg Museum as early as September 2018. The illustrator of Czech origin is the most popular representative of the Paris 1900 and the Belle Epoque. Who has not already been seduced by one of his pastel colored prints, featuring femininity at its peak, between ornamental art and theatrical poster ? Highlighting a retrospective dedicated to the most beautiful works of Mucha, having guided him towards a International fame.

The beginnings of the painter's vocation begin when he has only fifteenwhen visiting a church in Moravia, his native land. So subjugated by the frescoes adorning the walls of the building, young Mucha discovers his ambition. He arrives in Paris in 1887 and starts a illustrator career. His meeting with the most famous French actress of the time, Sarah Bernhardt, launches his poster career in the advertising domain. At the dawn of 20th century, the poster occupies a central place in the culture of the capital. His most recognizable style does not escape the competitors - Mucha quickly becomes the most copied artist in Paris !

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Alphonse Mucha, Self-portrait in Russian shirt (roubachka) in the workshop of the rue de la Grande-Chaumiere, Paris, 1882. Modern print from the original negative on a glass plate. Mucha Foundation, Prague.

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Alphonse Mucha, Woman with daisy, 1900. Fabric, printed velvet. 60 x 78.5 cm. Mucha Foundation, Prague.

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Produced in collaboration with the Mucha Foundation, the retrospective devoted to the artist Luxembourg Museum focuses on the posters that made it famous, but also on his illustrations, his paintings, his pastels, and his jewelry creations. The artist develops the "Mucha style", which is defined by waving shapes, organic backgrounds and soft, unreal tones. For his compositions, the illustrator finds his inspiration in a multitude of ornamental patterns, ranging from Japanese culture with rococo and gothic and celtic illuminations.

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Alphonse Mucha, ornamental chain and pendants designed by Mucha and made by Georges Fouquet, 1900. Gold, enamel, water pearl, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones. Mucha Foundation, Prague.

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Alphonse Mucha, The Zodiac, 1896. Lithograph in color, 65.7 x 48.2 cm.Prague, Mucha Foundation.

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The creative diversity Alphonse Mucha knows no boundaries, but is anchored in a desire decorative. Surrounded by halos evoking Byzantine icons, his feminine figures with luxuriant hair and sensual curves are ubiquitous. Mucha draws from photo, which is the secret of his so expressive faces. We detect Romantic influences, Pre-Raphaelites and the marks of the Symbolist movement in each of his floral compositions graceful arabesques. Mucha's work is more than aesthetic, it represents above all the expression of a spiritual need, according to the artist himself, keen to mysticism and esotericism.

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Alphonse Mucha, The Seasons: Summer, 1896. Series of 4 decorative panels, color lithography, 103 x 54 cm. Prague, Much Foundation.

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Informations> Alphonse Mucha at the Luxembourg Museum, 19, rue Vaugirard, 75006 Paris. From September 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019. Every day from Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 19h. Nocturne until 10pm every Friday and Monday from November 12th to December 17th. Entry ticket: 13 euros.

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