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Alphonse Mucha

Czech painter and printmaker

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Mucha established himself as a respected poster designer in Paris in the late 19th century, after designing a poster promoting the actress Sarah Bernhardt. His illustrations are distinguished by their mosaic backgrounds influenced by Byzantine artwork, and the romantic female form often depicted in flamboyant, theatrical poses, wearing garments laden with precious gems. Mucha's work was also popular with commercial businesses at the time, who often hired him for illustrations. [and, not from ULAN:] The Czech-born painter and graphic artist Mucha worked primarily in France, where he attended the Académie Julian and worked in the studios of Jules Lefebvre and Jean-Paul Laurens. He is well known for his colorful Art Nouveau posters, in which he demonstrated his taste for flamboyant women in theatrical poses.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500030136.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Alphonse Mucha:

Alphonse Mucha Salammbo [duplicate record identified as such 7/24/2013], 1897 Lithograph printed in five colors
Alphonse Mucha Salomé, ca. 1897 Color lithograph on wove paper
Alphonse Mucha Incantation (Salammbo), 1897 Color lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper
Alphonse Mucha Au Quartier Latin, 1897 Color lithograph printed in six colors on wove paper
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