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To many, Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939) is best known for his beautiful bell époque posters and magnificent decorative panels. His distinctive graphic approach to the 1895 poster advertising Sarah Bernhardt's performance in Gismonda captured the Parisian public's imagination and catapulted the artist into overnight success. During the next ten years he became the high priest of Art Nouveau, publishing several stylebooks which were to have a lasting influence on 20th-century art and design.

Figures decoratives, originally published in 1905, is a landmark book of the Art Nouveau movement and perhaps best exemplifies Mucha's artistic product in the years 1895-1905, the decade that made him famous. Mucha's purity of line and beauty of proportion take their inspiration from nature. But more than nature's imitator, he was its interpreter, translating its rhythms and designs into works that exude an indefinable charm. His unique approach combined originality of invention with spontaneous energy supported by flawless draftsmanship.

This new edition of Figures decoratives carefully reproduces all forty of the original two-color plates from a rare first edition now valued at several thousand dollars. Comprised of finished pen, pencil, charcoal, and chalk, this volume represents the essence of Mucha's genius and documents the subtle shadings and linear excellence that characterized his masterful illustrations. Placed in rectangles, triangles, stars, circles, and a number of irregular geometric forms are figures of women, young girls, and children of both sexes. The harmony between the movement of head, limbs, and drapery and the sense of balance in each pose are the result of Mucha's instinct for composition, gift for ornamentation, and profound knowledge of his craft.

Mucha's hand and eye are clearly evident in all his work though one can see other artistic influences which shaped the artist's development, including Gauguin's cloissonnism, Horta's and Van de Velde's kinetic treatment of curvilinear design, as well as the linear conventions of Moorish architecture and Islamic ornamentation. Yet Mucha himself believed that he owed his greatest artistic debt to the folk art traditions of his native Moravia.

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Comprised of 40 full-page, two-color plates of finished drawings in several media, this new volume reproduces Mucha's extraordinary 1905 style book, Figures Décoratives, a summation of Art Nouveau art and design. New introduction.

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Art Nouveau figures of women and children. Mucha's last stylebook. 40 plates in original color.

Synopsis:

Comprised of 40 full-page, two-color plates of finished drawings in several media, this new volume reproduces Mucha’s extraordinary 1905 style book, Figures Décoratives, a summation of Art Nouveau art and design. New introduction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486242347
Author:
Mucha, Alphonse Marie
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Mucha, Alphonse Maria
Author:
Mucha, Alphonse Marie
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Women in art
Subject:
Clip Art
Subject:
Decoration and ornament
Subject:
Human figure in art
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Art - Artists
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Series Volume:
116
Publication Date:
19811031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
12.25 x 9.38 in 0.57 lb

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Comprised of 40 full-page, two-color plates of finished drawings in several media, this new volume reproduces Mucha's extraordinary 1905 style book, Figures Décoratives, a summation of Art Nouveau art and design. New introduction.
"Synopsis" by , Art Nouveau figures of women and children. Mucha's last stylebook. 40 plates in original color.

"Synopsis" by , Comprised of 40 full-page, two-color plates of finished drawings in several media, this new volume reproduces Mucha’s extraordinary 1905 style book, Figures Décoratives, a summation of Art Nouveau art and design. New introduction.
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