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Alphonse Mucha, Art Nouveau genius

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An exhibition in Madrid retraces the life and work of Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist, and leading exponent of the Art Noveau style

Images of seductive women are combined with models and innovative typographic designs, decorative works, jewelry and sketches for the design of the Fouquet Boutique in Paris, are all brought together in an exhibition dedicated to the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) held at the Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid (Calle Arenal, 9) until February 25, 2018. The more than 200 pieces on display include paintings such as “Self-Portrait” (1899) or “France Embraces Bohemia” (1918), advertisements such as the poster for “Gismonda” (1894) or that of Sarah Bernhardt as “Princess Lointaine” (1896) or designs among which the study for “By force towards freedom, with love towards unity!” (1910-1911) and for The Age of Wisdom (1936-1938) stand out. The exhibition curated by Tomoko Sato, in charge of the Mucha Foundation since 2007, is structured in six different sections highlighting six facets of Mucha’s personality: bohemian, cosmopolitan, mystic, patriot, philosopher and that of picture maker for people.
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