Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Observearts: an artist and a city, Prague and Alfons M Mucha

I used to live in a block partly decorated by Alfons Maria Mucha (1860 –1939), a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct art noveau style (source: Wikipedia). His influence on the city of Prague is overwhelming. You can not visit without getting in touch with the visual impact of his genius. Mucha is well known for “The Slav Epic” consisting of 12 paintings depicting scenes from the Slav history. But Mucha stands out by being highly visible and having present relevance to the public audience through his illustrations, decorations of buildings, his design branding Prague city life. Even today his naïve beauty appeals through time. Taking a closer look, there is more variation and great art to be found from the hand of this master of his genre.    

"Alfons Mucha Studie eines sitzenden Mannes 1891" by Alfons Mucha - Dorotheum. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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