Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

Princess Hyacinth by Alfons Mucha via Wikimedia.org

“The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.” -Alphonse Mucha

 St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

One of my favorite of Mucha’s works is located in the Prague Castle, on a stained glass window inside the St. Vitus Cathedral (above).

Alphonse Mucha (Alfons Mucha, said Al-fons Moo-ha) is an artist you may not have heard of, but it’s likely you’ve seen his work. Mucha lived and painted in Paris at the turn of the century 1900s in the Art Nouveau style, but he was from Czechoslovakia. He was prolific with his lithographs for commercial art.

Biscuits Champagne by Alfons Mucha via Wikimedia Commons
Biscuits Champagne by Alfons Mucha

I’m continuing a series on art and artists I saw while I lived in Europe. I loved getting to tour the Mucha Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, with a group of friends. The museum is located at the Kaunický palác Panská 7, 110 00 Prague 1. {All photos related to Mucha’s work in this post, other than the St. Vitus stained glass photo, have been found under public domain at Wikimedia Commons.org (free media) because inside the Mucha Museum, photography is not allowed.}

Princess Hyacinth by Alfons Mucha via Wikimedia.org
Princess Hyacinth by Alfons Mucha
Peonies by A. Mucha via Wikimedia.org
Peonies by A. Mucha

Mucha gained initial success for designing a poster for the 1894 play called Gismonda, which starred the most famous Parisian actress at the time, Sara Bernhardt.

Gismonda by Mucha via Wikimedia.org
Gismonda by Mucha

A few of my favorite Mucha pieces remind me of antique soap boxes and other advertising I saw at my relatives’ homes when I was a child.

Chansons Eternelles by Mucha via Wikimedia.org
Chansons Eternelles by Mucha

 

Winter by Alfons Mucha via Wikimedia.org
Winter by Alfons Mucha

Do you remember seeing any of Mucha’s work? What do you recognize his work from?

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2 thoughts on “Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

  1. When I had my design studio, I sold many reproduction posters and prints of his art. I don’t remember the name of the piece, but there was one of a woman with a bird that I particularly loved.

    1. I love that you’ve sold Mucha’s work at your studio — I didn’t know. How fun! I think I remember that painting, in his Seasons series, of a woman holding a small bird close to her face. It’s magnificent. Thank you for sharing, Beth!

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