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Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau Hardcover – Apr 20 1998


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 20 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300074190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300074192
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 25.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alphonse Mucha (1890-1939) was one of the most important decorative artists in Paris at the turn of the century. His sensual female portraits with their elaborate borders?le style Mucha?embody the essence of Art Nouveau. The Mucha family and the Mucha Foundation have put together a touring exhibition of Mucha's work, and this is the companion volume. Though numerous works on Mucha have appeared in the past few decades, none have been as exhaustive as this illustrated group of essays by noted European experts. The full-scale treatment covers paintings, decorative panels, pastels, drawings, photographs, jewelry, and advertisements as well as numerous book and magazine illustrations. The essays elucidate Mucha's political activities in Czechoslovakia, which spawned the enormous murals "The Slav Epic"; his association with the actress Sarah Bernhardt; and the impact of American patronage on his later work. This lavish homage may prove to be the most important study of an amazing and prolific artist. Highly recommended.?Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L., Antioch
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24 2000
Format: Hardcover
By far, this is the best Alphonse Mucha reference book that is currently being published. There are others out there that have ALL of his works in one volume but they are now out of print. Not only is this rich in text about the artist and his life but it is a catalogue for one of the largest Mucha exhibits to travel throughout the US. Because it is a catalogue of an exhibit, it does not have every single one of his works. BUT it does have complete sets - the Four Stars, the Flowers, the Muses, etc. One of the best aspects of this books is that it also has his sculptures, jewelry, and studies of his Slavic pieces. Many of the Mucha books out there (which I still recommend) do not always have a complete look into the variety of his works. This book does.
I was lucky enough to see this exhibit in Reno - and it was just beautiful. To see the works in person is just breathtaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Sept. 18 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for the picture "Lottery of the National Unity for Southwestern Moravia in Brno" ever since I saw the original this past summer in Prague, where the Mucha museum is located. If you have never heard of this picture, perhaps you can understand how MANY Mucha drawings, paintings, watercoulors and pastels are in here, to find such an obscure one. Not only does it have his known art, such as the 4 seasons, Laurel and Ivy, etc; But is also has his political art, THE ENTIRETY OF THE SLAV EPIC (Which is amazing), and many of his interior designs. How critics ever said Mucha wasn't one of the great masters of pen and ink, eludes me. This is one of the best books, and with Amazon's savings, it's even better. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24 2000
Format: Hardcover
How can I explain to you what a wonderful book this is...if you have an interest in Alphonse Mucha, or in Art Nouveau this is a must have book! it is the most detailed book I've found so far on the subject at hand. I origionally found it at a book store for a price of $20.00 dollars above what it is offered at amazon, so it comes to you at no surprise I am thrilled to find it here for less!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D Suggs on Feb. 10 2003
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This large and very handsome book, which presents itself as the catalogue for a 1998 exhibition, is a beautifully and intelligently presented anthology of the artist's very diverse career, capturing drawings and paintings, sculpture, posters, illustrations, decorative panels, and even jewelry design; the work of a master, all in excellent reproduction. Mucha was a fascinating man and an artist of considerable magnitude, and as the title claims, his work is the spirit of Art Nouveau, though no such label should limit the amazing body of achievment found here. I haven't collected other books of his work yet, but surely this volume will remain definitive for some time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23 1998
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The essays by the various expertts wh O WROTE THIS GORGEOUS CATALOGUE ARE FIRST RATE> The only flaw in the book seems to be the flipped or incorrect photographs. Many of the photos are so well described in the catalogue entries, yet the photos are wrong in their direction or of another object completely. Never mind this small gripe though... this hefty erudite tome belongs in every Mucha afficianado's library.. a book for amateurs and experts alike
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