Friday, September 7, 2007
I know that I'm really more of a craft blogger than an art blogger, but Alphonse Mucha just rocks and I've been coming across a lot of his work lately so I just needed to post on him. My mother got me a calendar of his images last year. At first I just thought it was a calendar of different random Art Nouveau images; I didn't realize until after a few months that it was the same artist (Mucha). Then yesterday I was going through a pile of inter-library loans at work, and saw a couple of books on Mucha that someone had ordered. Great stuff. His posters and prints are just so gorgeous. I especially love the halos of hair and flowers he uses when painting his women. Here's some more info on Alphonse Mucha (Wiki): "By the time of his death, Mucha's style was considered outdated and old-fashioned. However, his son, author Jiří Mucha, devoted much of his life to writing about him and bringing attention to his art. Interest in Mucha's distinctive style experienced a strong revival in the 1960s (with a general interest in Art Nouveau) and is particularly evident in the psychedelic posters of Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, the collective name for two British artists, Michael English and Nigel Waymouth, who designed posters for groups such as Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band. It has continued to experience periodic revivals of interest for illustrators and artists. It is a strong acknowledged influence for Stuckist painter Paul Harvey whose subjects have included Madonna and whose work was used to promote The Stuckists Punk Victorian show at the Walker Art Gallery during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial."