Alphonse Mucha

nou­veau riche Ex­plore the work of one of the lead­ing lights of the Art Nou­veau move­ment in this hand­some book

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This hand­some book charts the art and pho­to­graphic work of one of the lead­ing lights from the Art Nou­veau move­ment.

Au­thor Tomoko Sato Pub­lisher Skira Price £28 Web www.skira.net Avail­able Now

Alphonse Mucha found fame in 1890s Paris for his the­atri­cal posters and dec­o­ra­tive pan­els. Au­thor Tomoko Sato’s gor­geous trib­ute to the artist is well worth por­ing over.

Mucha’s work per­me­ated il­lus­tra­tion, posters, post­cards and the ad­ver­tis­ing de­signs of his day. This hard­back book re­pro­duces his de­signs beau­ti­fully, and gives you a real sense of the glam­our and ex­cite­ment of fin-de-siè­cle Paris.

That’s only part of Mucha’s story, though. An un­usu­ally ver­sa­tile artist (he worked as a painter, sculp­tor, pho­tog­ra­pher and de­signer), he be­lieved pas­sion­ately in the in­de­pen­dence of his Czech home­lands, and this came to the fore in his lat­est works. There’s some care­fully se­lected pho­tog­ra­phy, too, that adds to the im­mer­sion in the pe­riod, along with a de­tailed in­tro­duc­tion that sets every­thing in con­text.

That’s about it for the text, though, aside from the pic­ture cap­tions. Most of this book is cen­tred around Mucha’s gor­geous il­lus­tra­tions, mak­ing ev­ery turn of the page an ex­quis­ite aes­thetic ex­pe­ri­ence to be savoured. Ra ting ★★★★

De­tail from Mucha’s ad­ver­tis­ing work for Bri­tish bike com­pany Cy­cles Per­fecta.

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