Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter, illustrator and decorative artist. Apart from his exquisite and unique style, he designed many advertisements for magazines, postcards, book covers, jewellery, carpets, wallpaper and theater sets in that time. One interesting thing about his life is that he had great vocal skills that could have led him to a singing career, but instead, he decided to follow his childhood dream, drawing, a passion that he developed for the rest of his life.
He started painting theatrical scenery in his hometown Moravia and then he moved to Vienna to work in theatrical design, following at the same time studies of Fine Arts in Paris.
Most of his work featured beautiful young women in ethereal and neoclassical clothing, often surrounded by flowers, fruits, organic textures and halos. Le Pater is maybe one of his masterpiece, but according to him, The Slav Epic was his life’s dream, a series of 20 huge paintings depicting the history of the Czech and Slavic people.
As you can notice, Mucha is one of my favorites painters. His work inspires me and helps me to work on mine.