Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau in Prague - Part One

Alfons Mucha's Spring Art Nouveau means in French “New Art”. Nowadays it may sound a bid odd calling something „new“ when it stands for a style in art, architecture and design significant for the turn of the 19th and 20th century. However, for some people – including myself – it is one of the most beautiful and fascinating styles ever! And I am really glad that in Prague you have the chance to see a lot of this unique style!

In France it’s called Art Nouveau, in England it’s Modern Style or Yellow Book Style, in Germany it goes by the name of Jugendstil or Sezession. Whatever you choose to call it, the style has left an impressive impact on Prague.

First of all, Prague is the home of the famous Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) – Art Nouveau artist who is most widely known for the posters he created for Sarah Bernhardt, one of the greatest actresses of that time. To tell you the truth, he is my favourite artist. But even if his name says nothing to you, you should visit the Mucha Museum. It is in Panska 7, Prague 1, which is within reach from the Wenceslas Square or Powder Tower. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In museum shop you can buy gifts with Alphonse Mucha motifs.

His work included, apart from sculptures and paintings, costumes and stage decorations, designs for magazines and book covers, wonderful jewellery and furniture and numerous posters. I bet you will love him too.

Mucha is buried at Vysehrad cemetery where he rests with other famous Czechs. Vysehrad cemetery is open to public for free.

See also Art Nouveau in Prague – architecture – Part Two

Jan 22, 14:12 (Filed under: Culture )

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