ALPHONSE MUCHA. MASTER OF ART NOUVEAU. Selections from the Dhawan Collection
“In 1900, when the widely distributed French
periodical Art et Décoration published a long and
exhaustive article o n the work of Alphonse
Mucha (1860–1939), the Czechoslovakian artist
was at the pinnacle of his creative powers.
Varied, expressive, and seductive, his works were
given the name “the Mucha style”; later the
style was identified as “Art Nouveau,” writes
Curator Gabriel Weisberg, Professor of Art
History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in
his essay for the exhibition.
Mucha’s successes in many fields of creativity
are revealed in the exhibition, Alphonse Mucha:
Master of Art Nouveau, dedicated to the broad
range of his work. Organized in three sections–
posters, book and journal illustrations, and The
Slav Epic–the exhibition focuses on the ways
Mucha revitalized an interest in these media.
It provides an opportunity to see how the
different media, clients and objectives reflect the
time period in which Mucha lived and worked.
“Mucha’s ability to understand the major creative
themes of the day, to use them in the most
original ways possible, and to create works of
art that remain seductive for future generations,
is truly his great triumph,” writes Weisberg. With
objects drawn from the extensive Dhawan
Collection, and with the publication of this
catalogue, the exhibition provides a new, original
way of seeing one of the most prolific creators
of fin-de-si.cle imagery.
The exhibition and museum tour were organized
by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
Over the past fifty years LTE has presented more
than 800 exhibitions at museums throughout the
United States and around the world.
ALPHONSE MUCHA online catalogue