‚Äö√Ñ√∫The mission of art is to express each nation‚Äö√Ñ√¥s aesthetic values in accordance with the beauty of its soul. The mission of the artist is to teach people to love that beauty.‚Äö√Ñ√π ‚Äö√Ñ√ÆAlphonse Mucha ¬¨‚Ä† Alphonse Mucha was an extraordinarily prolific and versatile artist who made his mark in the diverse fields of design‚Äö√Ñ√Æincluding posters, jewelery, interior decoration, theater, and packaging and product designs‚Äö√Ñ√Æ as well as in painting, book illustration, sculpture, and photography. He is one of the best-known Czech artists to wide international audiences today and rose to fame in fin-de-si‚àö¬Æcle Paris with his elegant designs for theater posters for Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous French actress of the time, and decorative panels (panneaux d‚àö¬©coratifs) featuring gracefully posed women. For those posters, Mucha created a distinctive style‚Äö√Ñ√Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∫le style Mucha‚Äö√Ñ√π‚Äö√Ñ√Æcharacterized by harmonious compositions, sinuous forms, organic lines, and a muted palette, which became synony- mous with the newly emerging decorative style of the time‚Äö√Ñ√ÆArt Nouveau. By the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, Mucha had become a leading figure in this decorative-art movement, and he defined the look of the era. ¬¨‚Ä† The catalog explores the development of Mucha‚Äö√Ñ√¥s career and overall achievements as a multifaceted and visionary artist. It is divided into six sections highlighting Mucha‚Äö√Ñ√¥s personality as a Bohemian; a picture maker for people; a cosmopolitan; a mystic; a patriot; and a philosopher.
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