Happy birthday to the Czech painter Alphonse Mucha who knew how to respect women and to make them equal as man. "The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct #bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become." #mucha was famous for his commercial #poster (s) , which had a wide #audience , but he also worked in a variety of other media, including furniture, jewelry, and theatrical sets. He mostly worked in #vienna and #paris , but was also in #chicago , where he taught at the Art Institute, from 1904 to 1910. There, he introduced his interpretation of the "new art" to a United States audience. The densely patterned posters epitomize the #artnouveau interest in natural forms, decoration, and a rejection of the anonymity of mechanical production.
#women were a common theme in Mucha's work (and in Art Nouveau art in general). The #femmenouvelle or "new woman" type was a favorite subject, since it served both allegorical and decorative purposes. Indeed, Mucha and his peers celebrated #femininity as the antidote to an overly-industrialized, impersonal, "masculine" world.
For him, everything could be a work of art, encompassing a person's daily experience, from wallpaper to furniture to clothing to promotional posters around the city.
Although Mucha is most associated with his Art Nouveau posters, he spent the latter of half of his career focused on projects of a nationalist character.
Photo: Alphonse Mucha, Job Cigarette Papers, 1896, color lithograph, Mucha Museum, Prague
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