Photographs by Alfons Mucha. Essay by Josef Moucha.
Torst, Prague, 2005. 160 pp., 99 duotone illustrations, 6½x7".
Though Alfons Mucha (1960-1939) achieved lasting international acclaim as an Art Nouveau painter, graphic designer, and decorator, his photography is not as well known. In this new, expanded edition produced in cooperation with the Mucha Trust, an intimate and accomplished photographer is revealed. A kind of sketchbook and personal visual diary, this record of captured moments from the mid-1880s until the end of the artist’s life illuminates both Mucha’s career as an artist and the time in which he lived. In addition, the behind-the-scenes glimpses of his studio prove that Mucha-a key creator of the ideal of Art Nouveau beauty-was one of the pioneers of the classic nude in Czech photography. For lay readers and photographic connoisseurs alike, this volume illuminates a unique and powerful artistic vision.
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