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Alphonse Mucha

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Alphonse Mucha was one of the most popular and influential artists of the late 19th century and proved that contemporary art works could achieve academic acceptance even at that time. The success of Alphonse Mucha in building up a reputation across Europe helped inspire many other contemporary artists who perhaps had previously struggled before the laid the way for the Art Nouveau period to begin. This article covers key information on the career and life of Alphonse Mucha.

Mucha followed a similar path to that of Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell by first starting as a illustrator for a company where he would work simply to pay the bills before later using his illustrative skills to his own advantage as his reputation began to grow substantially and internationally.

Alphonse Mucha created a career which achieved high levels of academic respect and was considerable in it's output as well as the levels of quality that were in most of his best pieces. Amongst the finest poster prints to have come from Alphonse Mucha were titles such as Dance, Winter, La Primavere, Fall, Cycles Perfecta, Hiver, Princess Hyacinth, Cognac Template, Printemps, Moet et Chandon, Music and Job. Mucha's series of oil paintings which depicted Slavic life and the history of this people are lesser known outside of his native Czech Republic, where it continues to be stored today.

Mucha was fortunate enough to receive financial aid early in his career from businessmen who quickly saw his talent and wanted to help him to make the most of it. The commissions received by Alphonse Mucha were put towards teachings of the highest level across Europe as he sought the greatest influences possible with the final ambition of establishing himself as a major artist, which he did eventually achieve through the combination of these teachings along with hard work and his natural gifted technical ability and innovative mind.

We can summarise Mucha's career into the great influence that he left on the other members of the Art Nouveau group as well as the way in which so many of his print posters as so much loved even today, nearly some 100 years after his life has passed by. Poster art is currently extremely popular and artists like Alphonse Mucha and also Frenchman Henri de Toulouse Lautrec would now see their originals reproduced all over the world, if they were still alive. Despite the age of their careers, the styles are still surprisingly up to date which underlines how imaginative and ahead of their time these two people were.


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