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Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau (1)
When: Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 until Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Museum Admission: Varies
Phone: 518.792.1761

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

Wood and Whitney-Renz galleries: January 14 to March 18, 2018

The exhibition examines the pivotal role of Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the twentieth century. The artist’s posters and graphic style popularized this international movement. Later in his career, the Czech nationalist depicted the history of the Czech lands and people. Master of Art Nouveau spans his career, including a panel from his Slav Epic series, and bank notes from his homeland.

Alphonse Mucha claimed to have been catapulted to fame by fate. In 1894, the young commercial artist was in a print shop when iconic French actress Sarah Bernhardt called needing a poster for one of her upcoming shows. She was so delighted by his work, in which he presented her as a statuesque beauty with a golden aura akin to a mosaic of a Byzantine empress, that she immediately signed him on for a six-year contract. His advertisements captivated art lovers, who searched them out, removed them, and brought them home to hang on their parlor walls.

Mucha's exploitation of the new medium of the advertising poster helped shape the aesthetics of French art at the turn of the twentieth century and formed the cornerstone of the international Art Nouveau movement.

The Hyde's General Museum Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday: 12 pm – 5pm
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Photo: Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), Cycles Perfecta, 1902, color lithograph on paper, Courtesy of the Dhawan Collection.


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