Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is one of the most celebrated artists of the fin-de-siècle. Rising to international fame with his elegant designs for decorative panels, and stunning advertising posters, ‘le style Mucha’ became synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement.
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty explores the work of the artist, around the theme of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. The show will include over 60 works drawn primarily from the collection of the Mucha Trust, focusing on drawings, paintings, photographs and iconic posters, such as Gismonda, Mucha’s first poster designed for the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Like artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement, it was Mucha’s belief that beautiful works of art should improve the quality of peoples lives. He wrote:
‘I was happy to be involved in art for the people and not for private drawing rooms. It was inexpensive, accessible to the general public, and it found a home in poor families as well as in more affluent circles.’
The Sainsbury Centre are proud to be working with the Mucha Foundation for this stunning new show which comes to us following a run at the Russell-Cotes Arts Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth.
Image: Alphonse Mucha, Rêverie. 1897. Colour lithograph. © Mucha Trust 2015