Alphonse Mucha Exhibition at Paris Musée du Luxembourg

Mucha’s iconic posters have become shorthand for Art Nouveau; but there’s much more to the Czech artist than these looping illustrations. An all-rounder, he was a keen furniture designer with quite the photography sideline. Get reacquainted with the father of Art Nouveau at the Musée du Luxembourg.


For its new exhibition, the Musée du Luxembourg pays tribute to Alphone Mucha the representative of Art Nouveau which is forgotten too often. From September 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019, the museum brings together the major pieces that made his work, from his posters to illustrations, as well as his photographs, his sculptures and his preparatory studies for a compelling rediscovery!

mucha4The exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective exploring not only how Mucha's work helped define the visual landscape of fin-de-siecle Paris, but also how the utopian themes expressed in his Paris works continued throughout his career and into his late masterpiece, the Slav Epic.

Born in 1860 in Moravia, Alfons Mucha arrives in Paris in 1887 to improve his knowledge in art at the Académie Julian and creates advertising posters and book illustrations to pay for his studies. In December 1894, he meets the great tragedian Sarah Bernhardt (the greatest actress of the time) who launches his poster career while he represents her as Cleopatra to promote the play Gismonda. The success of this Art Nouveau poster is such that it’s cut in the streets of Paris and Mucha is weighed down under the contracts for posters and illustrations.

If he excels in Art Nouveau, it’s thanks to several teachers: of Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, he keeps the portraits of allegorical women and of Jean-Paul Laurents, the great historic paintings in theater decors. It’s how Alphonse Mucha’s very characteristic style was born, feminine figures with golden hair immortalized in front of very beautiful settings, often made of roses.


Contacted by the entire Paris for book illustrations, posters and even the decoration of restaurants and jeweler such as Georges Fouquet, Alphonse Mucha doesn’t forget his will to become a painter devoted to the national cause of his homeland and the Slav peoples.

Mucha was a versatile artist: painter, sculptor, photographer, decorator and also a valued teacher. During his first trip to the United States in 1904, he was called "the greatest decorative artist in the world".

mucha 3But his political and humanist beliefs led him to gradually give up this decorative style and to undertake cycles of history painting, sometimes in very large format, in a militant and idealistic spirit. Thus, around 1900-1910, he changed and supported resolutely figurative and epic paintings, detached from all the European avant-garde artists.
This exhibition of the Musée du Luxembourg traces the career of Mucha and draws the portrait of a complex artist, driven by a social and philosophical vision.

Maxime - Art & Culture

Bonjour, my name is Maxime. I obtained my name because my grandmother always took me to Maxime’s in Paris for my birthday, always in the company of her best girlfriend! When I was fourteen years old, I was already enamoured with their Parisian chatter. Now, when with friends, I know everything about the art of invisible make-up and light cocktails! The Parisian really has a very distinct character: she’s surprising and interesting. And she’s so feminine! As for invitations, it a real task: each day Paris offers new exhibitions, previews and vernissages. With a Parisian, you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time!

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