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Alphonse Mucha Self Photograph
Czech, 1860-1939

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau Elegance

Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was a Czech painter and decorative artist, best known for his distinctive Art Nouveau style that became iconic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work is characterized by intricate lines, elaborate patterns, and graceful figures, often featuring young women in flowing, neoclassical robes surrounded by lush floral motifs. Mucha gained widespread fame through his posters for the actress Sarah Bernhardt and his decorative panels, which embodied the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Beyond commercial art, Mucha’s legacy includes his ambitious “Slav Epic” series, which depicts the history and mythology of the Slavic peoples, reflecting his deep nationalistic pride and artistic vision.

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