Alphonse Mucha : l’exposition


Alphonse Mucha, was not just
the genius poster artist we all know,
but was also a great and ambitious painter, a teacher, a photographer,
a humanist, even an activist,
for the liberation of his country. Mucha was a Czech artist,
always proud of being Czech. Paradoxically it was in Paris,
a little in the United States, but above all in Paris,
that he mainly made his career. In his own way, he really captured
the Parisian scene, although, when you look closely, his posters have quite a pronounced
Byzantine and Slav side. He always puts references,
in the characters’ costumes, in mosaic patterns, etc.,
many allusions to the art of his country and to his roots. Mucha is a multi-faceted artist. Firstly, he’s an illustrator. He produced many
highly narrative drawings, which reveal his wish to be
a painter of complex compositions, with many characters, which, in miniature, show his intention to be a historical painter, which he became at the end of his life. Chronologically, the second Mucha
is the famous poster artist, who created posters
for Sarah Bernhardt, whom he met in 1894 and for whom he designed, in a week,
the poster for one of her plays, to be put on early the following winter,Gismonda, that was amazingly,
staggeringly successful. We’re told that people even
tore it off in the street, trying to pull it off its mounts, to bribe the bill posters. It became a real public work of art. The third Mucha is the ornamentalist, the Mucha who created
a sort of catalogue of styles in Art Nouveau, notably with his designs
for the jeweller Georges Fouquet, for which we’re showing
many preparatory studies. The fourth Mucha is the painter, desiring to be a historical painter, a great painter
in the grand tradition of painters who tell the story of Man, of humanity and, in this case, his people. This was expressed in a final period,
during which he devoted himself to painting,
through The Slav Epic, a great series of twenty huge paintings, in which he tells
the story of the Czech people and the Slavic people in general. Curiously, he was a creator
of the Art Nouveau style who never accepted this label. He used to say: “There’s nothing new
in art. Art is eternal.” Basically, he always followed
deep personal values, because he was a man of faith and a great believer in
the spiritual forces that drive society and nature,
and which art should express. Art is inspired by these forces and, in a way,
the great scrolls of his ornaments are also inspired by this almost hypnotic force. The Musée du Luxembourg exhibition is new in that it shows
all sides of Mucha. It will give a glimpse of
the intimate Mucha, the Mucha who prepares
his huge sets and his posters, a glimpse of the youthful quality
of his style, how he worked, how his ideas evolved,
how things came to him, right up to final works. I hope people will see
from this exhibition that Mucha was a highly complex artist who, behind the illustrator,
was a man of convictions, an illustrator in the full sense of
the term, like Michelangelo or Raphael, someone with a vision of humanity who, through his style,
expresses that vision. Sous-titrage
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6 thoughts on “Alphonse Mucha : l’exposition

  1. Merci pour les sous-titres, ça fait plaisir de voir que certains pensent aux sourds😊
    Combien d'œuvres exposées?

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