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Mucha

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
US$ 20
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With graceful lines and floral details, Alphonse Mucha gave the Belle Époque its visual character. His work permeated illustration and advertising of the day, most famously in striking posters of star actress Sarah Bernhardt. Compiled in association with the Mucha Foundation, this book introduces the full reach of his work, from patterned decoration to his political ideas.

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All about the Belle Époque

Delicate illustration that defined an era
With his instantly recognizable decorative style, Czech artist and Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) defined the look of the fin-de-siècle. In evocative shades of peach, gold, ochre, and olive, his seductive compositions of patterns, flowers, and beautiful women became paradigms of the Belle Époque years.

Mucha’s work permeated illustration, posters, postcards, and the advertising designs of his day. His striking posters of star actress Sarah Bernhardt were particularly famous. Alongside this delicate decorative work, Mucha also harbored strongly felt political ideas. With his monumental cycle The Slav Epic, he expressed his staunch support for Pan-Slavism, promoting the political independence of the Czech and Slavic nations from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Compiled in association with the Mucha Foundation, this book presents key works and introduces the full reach of Mucha’s œuvre from patterned decoration to his book illustrations, posters, photographs and monumental paintings.
The author

Tomoko Sato studied History of Art and Architecture at the University of Reading, and Museology at the University of Manchester. Formerly Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, she has been Curator of the Mucha Foundation since 2007. She has curated numerous exhibitions on Alphonse Mucha as well as on modern art, design, and photography.

Mucha
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.23 lb, 96 pages
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

Customer reviews (2)

Loooove

Emanuele, October 27, 2021
For this book!

Jedermann

Richard, December 17, 2021
Taschen macht es mit dieser Ausgabe jedermann möglich, sich umfassend mit dem Leben und Werk Mucha's vertraut zu machen. Angesichts des Preises ist es zu verkraften, dass die Druckqualität einiger Seiten nicht den höchsten Ansprüchen entsprechen kann.
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