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Artist of the moment…..Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha was one of the founding figures of the Art Nouveau movement in France. Born in 1860 in the city  of Ivancice, Morovia. For his artistic education Mucha attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Munich, Germany.

A brief demo from a longer documentary Alphonse Mucha.

The artist remained in Germany for two years before heading to Paris, France to further his career. The artist was asked to design a poster for a theater. After this work was seen the artist was offered a contract to design theater sets and costumes. Mucha was also signed to a lucrative contract and became well known and wealthy.

A large part of his life’s work was toward a project called the Slav Epic. This project ended up to cover 20 paintings and is a history of his people. This work is on permanent display.

A montage of works by Alphonse Mucha set to music:

The artist moved briefly to the United States, but didn’t adapt as well as he  hoped and went back to Bohemia, where he spent the remainder of his life. He passed away in 1939 after a bout of pneumonia.

price range information:  The artist was quite prolific and produced posters, prints, and originals ranging from $2,000 to $250,000.

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