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Drawings of Mucha

Drawings of Mucha

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Drawings of Mucha

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88 pages
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Sep 21, 2012
ISBN:
9780486130040
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The artistic legacy of Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860–1939), one of the founders of the Art Nouveau style, is both brilliant and bewilderingly diverse. Mucha is most famous for his Sarah Bernhardt posters and his magnificent decorative panels such as "The Seasons," works that continue to grow in popularity, despite the indifferent quality of most modern reproductions. To graphic artists and commercial designers, Mucha is praised for the innovative stylebooks that pioneered the use of Art Nouveau in commercial packaging, design, and ornament. But the primary element in all of Mucha's artistic endeavors — his evocative, highly original draftsmanship — has never been adequately surveyed.
This collection of 70 high-quality illustrations — six in black-and-white and nine in full color — offers the first and only comprehensive survey of Mucha's drawings, and as such, provides a unique insight into the aesthetic qualities that were fundamental to all of the artist's work. Reproduced directly from his original drawings, these works span Mucha's entire career and include sketches for his famous book and magazine illustrations, preliminary sketches for paintings, advertising and packaging art, studies for stylebooks, etc. Famous examples include "The Seasons," full-color drawings for the complete set, plus a preliminary charcoal sketch for "Autumn"; St. Louis World's Fair poster, full-color lithograph and preliminary pencil sketch; Sarah Bernhardt, four works in India ink, pencil, etc.; and "Documents décoratifs" and "Figures décoratives," studies from Mucha's two innovative stylebooks.
Naturally, many of these drawing are interesting because they reveal the initial thoughts for famous works but most basically these drawings show that Mucha's draftsmanship — highly admired, even by the cantankerous Whistler — was the brilliant underpinning of his entire craft.

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Sep 21, 2012
ISBN:
9780486130040
Format:
Livre

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Drawings of Mucha - Alphonse Mucha

1910.

DRAWINGS OF

MUCHA

70 WORKS BY

ALPHONSE MARIA

MUCHA

DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC.,

NEW YORK

Copyright © 1978 by Sevenarts Ltd.

All rights reserved.

Drawings of Mucha is a new work, first published in 1978 by Dover Publications, Inc. The publisher is grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Eric Estorick of the Grosvenor Gallery, London, for making the original drawings available for direct reproduction.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 78-52613

International Standard Book Number

ISBN-13: 978-0-486-23672-8

ISBN-10: 0-486-23672-2

Manufactured in the United States by Courier Corporation

23672217

www.doverpublications.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Publisher’s Note

List of Illustrations

Plates

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

The general outlines of Mucha’s career are well known by now. Born in 1860 in the Moravian area of what is now Czechoslovakia, he displayed considerable artistic skill while still a child. His local instruction and his early commissions for noble patrons confirmed his ecclesiastical and feudal-romantic bent. His quest for formal training took him to Munich (1885), where he was molded by the solid academic tradition of draftsmanship and by the fashion for flamboyant allegory, and to Paris (1887), where the stipend from his patron came to an end and he was compelled to do illustration and other commercial art work

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