By Ann Bridges
Paintings fanatics world wide keep in mind with pride Muchas remarkable pix of Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha single-handedly revolutionized French poster paintings on the flip of the century with artwork nouveau ads for Moet & Chandon, activity, Nestles, Benedictine brandy and «the flower of the nineties» Monaco Monte-Carlo. Muchas paintings was once an thought to architects and architects who tailored his type of sinuous plants and plant motifs for designing structures and furnishings. Muchas harmonious designs, delicate colours and very good draughtmanship have earned him the attractiveness as one of many striking and influential photograph artists of Europe. This attractive and colourful publication is the main actual checklist of Muchas paintings on hand. incorporated are 163 full-color plates, a few showing right here for the 1st time on account that their unique book. a whole catalog part includes 525 special and illustrated entries and an in depth bibliography of books, periodicals and exhibition catalogs. Marina Hendersons creation, «Women and Flowers,» and Dr. Anna Dvoraks epilogue, «Illustrations for Books and Periodicals,» describe with perception Muchas existence, his achievements and his philosophy.
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Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Graphic Works by Ann Bridges