This is perhaps the best Mucha book out there for the mass-market. It has a lot in it, and is very thick. Colossal really. And contrary to the popular blief, size does matter when we are talking about art and photography books.
You see a lot in here: Mucha the illustrator, artist, interior and furniture designer, painter, jewelry and product designer and above all, one of the greatest sketch wizards of the history. My only complaint is: I think every Mucha fan out there, even though they admire and are fascinated by this sophisticated man with all his body of work, is eagerly expecting to find a large and HQ book about THE POSTERS of Mucha.
We all love him, but what seduced us the most about him isn't his furniture, it isn't his jewelry, or even his paintings: it is his world-famous poster illustrations with their imperishable beauty, elegance, and taste. This book is quite incomplete in that sense. Then again, Sarah Mucha's book is also quite incomplete, if not even more. I am curious about this artistic genius, of course. But at this stage, we all know him with every detail of his life. And it isn't all that by the way. These interminably long extracts and explanations which are going on and on about every minute detail of every minute thing about this beyond impressive body of work... Give it a rest already!
What about giving us one respectable HQ image after the other of his most famous posters like the JOB series, seasons, jewels, stars, zodiac, Sarah Bernhardt, and the very elusive, and for some reason hard-to-find, 'The Slav Epic'... in a hardcover, or at least between two covers in a poster book format? I am sure that book exists somewhere in Prague or Vienna or God-knows-where, but sometimes images speak much louder than words... I just want one book that will give me the sublime and elegant, without so many interruptions. That is it really. Not that complicated to put together.
This is a captivating book for a die-hard fan. Much bigger than Sarah Mucha's book. It look gorgeous, it has a commanding size and front cover, and it is beautiful to look at. However, until my demand is delivered and publishers finally comply, I will never give another Mucha book 5 stars, no matter how 'great' they may be.