Alfons Mucha was an artist from Moravia (now the Czech Republic) who became world-famous with his Art Nouveau style posters. From 1887 to 1904 he lived and worked in Paris. At the age of 34 he established his fame with a poster for the play Gismonde with the French actress Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha's posters were so popular that they were regularly stolen from the street. His posters are Mucha's best-known work, but he also made set pieces and illustrations for advertisements. In 1918 he also designed stamps for the postal services of the new state of Czechoslovakia. In 1911 he made a mural in Prague Town Hall.
In the Mucha Museum in Prague you can admire about a hundred posters, including, of course, the poster for Gismonde. There are also sketches, drawings, book illustrations and oil paintings. Most of the works are from the Parisian period of the artist, but special attention is also paid to Mucha's work after his return to Czechoslovakia.
His studio in Paris has been reconstructed, with original furniture, family photos and photos of the studio. Finally, you can watch a half-hour film in the museum about the life and work of Alfons Mucha. As a lover of art & design, the Mucha Museum is a must-have on your list of sights in Prague you want to visit.
Website: Mucha Museum
Address: Kaunický palác, Panská 7
Opening hours: 10.00-18.00
Website: Alphonse Mucha profile
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