Item description for Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: Master of Art Nouveau (Albums) by Renate Ulmer & Alphonse Marie Mucha...
Though Alfons Mucha (1960-1939) achieved lasting international acclaim as an Art Nouveau painter, graphic designer, and decorator, his photography is not as well known. In this new, expanded edition produced in cooperation with the Mucha Trust, an intimate and accomplished photographer is revealed. A kind of sketchbook and personal visual diary, this record of captured moments from the mid-1880s until the end of the artist's life illuminates both Mucha's career as an artist and the time in which he lived. In addition, the behind-the-scenes glimpses of his studio prove that Mucha--a key creator of the ideal of Art Nouveau beauty--was one of the pioneers of the classic nude in Czech photography. For lay readers and photographic connoisseurs alike, this volume illuminates a unique and powerful artistic vision.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1997
Publisher Benedikt Taschen Verlag
ISBN 3822885746 ISBN13 9783822885741
Reviews - What do customers think about Alfons Mucha, 1860-1939: Master of Art Nouveau (Albums)?
Brief introduction Oct 1, 2007
Mucha's style epitomized, maybe defined Art Nouveau. His languid female figures, sentimental views of nature and classics, and loose allegories created a clear, strong graphic style. Perhaps it's ironic that Mucha's romantic style traces directly to a project done for commercial publicity.
A commission in 1894 had Mucha create the first of his posters for Sarah Bernhardt. The poster's lithographic printing process imposed constraints to which his earlier oil paintings were not subject. For example, outlines around each feature derive from the idea of a "key block" for the multicolor process, and help hide uncertain registration in printing. Since it was necessary, Mucha made it part of his visual style, and used it in cigarette and soap ads as much in odes to the arts, senses, and seasons.
This brief book presents a small selection of Mucha's huge output. It focuses largely on the commericial art from his incredibly productive 1895-1900 period. One earlier oil painting starts the collection; jewelry, interior design, and sculpture from all parts of his career appear as well. This collection also displays a few preparatory photos and drawings, sometimes with the finished work that they helped to develop. Although this book is well printed on bright, opaque paper, it's modest size sometimes makes the finest detail hard to pick out. Brevity is a problem, too - the biographical summary takes up only a few pages in the front of the book, but the book didn't have very many pages to give up. Still, it's an affordable and enjoyable summary, plenty to coax the reader into seeking out more of the beloved artist's work.
Good for coffee table, alright for collector. Jan 22, 2002
This is a small collection of Alphons Mucha's work. It includes lovely prints of Mucha's poster design and painting, a small biography, however, what disappoints me the most is the small dedication to his major work "The Slav Epic" and jewerly design. This is a good gift to introduce someone to Alphonse Mucha, but if you are a collector or fan of Mucha this is not the right book for you.
Photographs, Not Artworks, And Quite Beautiful Nov 5, 2001
David is reviewing another book and people should not buy this for Mucha's non-photographic work. It is a small book of beautiful photographs by Mucha, quite varied, and very period-specific. Enthralling.
Best value Mucha book around! Jul 8, 2000
Excellent full color collection of Alphonse Mucha's illustrations. Larger and more informative than the "American Collection", and with just as nice reproduction but a much lesser cost than the "Spirit of Art Nouveau". For the art fancier on a budget, this is by far the best Mucha buy available.