A Moment for Mucha

Alphonse Mucha's SeasonsI have had a long standing love affair with the art of Alphonse Mucha. In my eyes he’s the embodiment of the Art Nouveau movement, and a source of tremendous inspiration. His precise line work and segmented geometric illustrations create a sense of awe for me that I can’t really put into words. There’s a sense of balance in his work that puts me at ease when I’m looking at it, and I strive to find that in my own artwork.

One of my all-time favorite collections of his are his Seasons images (pictured here).

How about you? Do you have a favorite image(s) by Mucha? Is there another illustrator/artist from the pages of history that you like better?

3 Comments
  1. Hello,
    I came across your post of Mucha’s Seasons print during a Google image search for Mucha art. I took the time to read your comments & thought it rather sad that no one had left any reply over the many months that followed. I thought your post deserved better than that. You are not alone in thinking that Mucha embodied the Art Nouveau movement. From what I understand of it, he was also one of the key people who got the movement started. It’s just too bad that it didn’t last awhile longer, but like many things of beauty it was destined to be short-lived.
    I have been a fan of Art Nouveau for the last twenty or thirty odd years now, and have a few books on the subject, as well as on Mucha in particular. These days I spend more time in front of a screen, so therefore the Google searches. Speaking of which, I would like to thank you for your post. It’s difficult to find good quality images of a decent resolution on line. Many of the best images are tiny, and the larger ones are often washed out, with no contrast, or have a wrong color balance.
    I will recommend also the works of Rene Lalique for Godlike craftsmanship in jewelry & glass. Thanks again for the post. Sincerely, William W.

  2. Thanks William! I’m glad you liked the post.

    I find that Mucha (and the Nouveau movement in general) influencing most of the images that I create. There’s just something to the style that connects with me.

    You can bet I’ll be looking into Rene Laligue – thanks for the tip!

  3. i am also a fan of mucha, and couldn’t believe that you had received only one comment. i have this particular set painted onto needlepoint canvas. someday . . . they will be stitched.

    as to mr. whobrey’s comments, lalique is also a wonderful artist. but, there are so many more, and so little time!

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