An Art Nouveau Visionary


Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary
Raleigh, NC
through January 23, 2022

Art Nouveau lithograph
Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), “Daydream (Rêverie),” 1897, color lithograph on paper, 28 5/8 x 21 3/4 in., Mucha Trust Collection

The North Carolina Museum of Art is the latest venue for the touring exhibition “Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary.”

Using some 100 objects loaned by the Mucha Trust, including works owned by his descendants, it explores how the Czech-born artist became the toast of Paris circa 1900.

Because Paris was then capital of the global art world, he was renowned everywhere for his graphic work, such as posters advertising the actress Sarah Bernhardt and other graceful women, all deploying the sinuous forms, organic lines, and muted colors that became synonymous with the decorative Art Nouveau style.

Later in life, Mucha made art that advanced the effort to create an independent Czechoslovak nation. For more on Mucha’s continuing influence, see the November/December 2021 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.

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