Alfons Mucha’s is an art of seduction. His graceful women, delicate colors, and decorative style add up to an unashamed act of temptation. Mucha (1860-1939), whose work is indissolubly linked with the Art Nouveau style, was one of the most fascinating artistic personalities of the turn of the 20th century. He was not only a painter and graphic artist, but also took an interest in sculpture, jewelry, interior decorating, and utilitarian art. His particular talents, however, lay in decorative graphics, which was the basis of his fame and remains so today. This book traces all aspects of his career via biographical and descriptive texts and a wide selection of images.
Renate Ulmer studied history of art, classical archaeology and comparative literature at the universities of Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. After her dissertation in 1987 on “Biblical Themes in Expressionist Art” she accepted a position at the Institut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, where she worked as acting director and exhibition curator. She has published numerous works on the Stilkunst movement and the design of the 20th century.