With his instantly recognizable decorative style, Czech artist and Art Nouveau masterAlphonse Mucha (1860–1939)defined the look of the fin-de-siècle. Inevocative shades of peach, gold, ochre and olive, his seductive compositions of patterns, flowers and beautiful women became a mainstay of illustration, posters, postcards, and advertising designs of the day. In particular, his posters of star actress Sarah Bernhardt have become paradigms of the Belle Époque years.Alongside this delicate decoration, Mucha also harbored committed nationalist beliefs. With monumental works such asThe Slav Epic,he expressed his staunch support for Pan-Slavism, promoting the political independence of the Czech and Slavic nations from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In a period of much European turbulence, he was also a Masonic philosopher and pacifist, with manyhumanist ideals.
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
- a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
- a concise biography
- approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions