Monday, August 16, 2010

"The Apotheosis of Love"

Alfons Mucha (July 24, 1860 - July 14, 1939) is perhaps the best known Czech artist, thanks in part to his Art Nouveau posters.  And now, the Mucha Foundation is presenting an exhibition of his work on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

My favorite work of Mucha's is entitled Summer and is part of Four Seasons, a series of decorative panels from 1896.

Summer is my favorite season, and this piece evokes memories of the lazy days of summer...

Four Seasons

"The Apotheosis of Love"
Hundreds of designs, photographs, and paintings representative of Mucha's work will be on display at The Municipal House now through September 30, 2010.

Also on display will be the studies Mucha made for his grand Slav Epic, which is currently on display in Moravský Krumlov because a suitable location has never been found to display these immense canvases in Prague.  First denounced by Hitler, Mucha's Slav Epic works were repressed behind the Iron Curtain for decades...rolled up and stored away for 25 years!  His true virtuosity is just now beginning to surface.  

Slav Epic

Part of one of the Slav Epic panels...

And what better place to show the works of Mucha than in the temple of Art Nouveau architecture itself, The Municipal House. 

 Located in the heart of Prague on Republic Square (Náměsti Republiky), the Municipal House features stained glass by "Mucha

"The Apotheosis of Love" at The Municipal House
Now through September 30th
Daily 10 am - 7 pm

1 comment:

  1. Interesting to learn about this, Eva. I know some of his work but didn't know he was Czech!