The Musée du Luxembourg honors Alphonse Mucha through a special retrospective exhibition following his artistic career and his complex social, spiritual and philosophical views. Parisians will be delighted to rediscover one of the greatest exponents of the Art Nouveau movement.
Mucha arrived in Paris in 1887 and began his career as an illustrator. In 1894 he met Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress of the time, for whom he created poster a for Victorien Sardou play Gismonda.
The highly decorative Japanese-influenced graphic work highlights pastel colors, delicate draftsmanship and Byzantine compositional elements. The graphic poster was considered revolutionary when it appeared in the streets of Paris quickly becoming a sensation. As a result of the success of the image Bernhardt signed Mucha to a six year contract to create all posters for her performances.
As Mucha's growing success became highly identifiable in graphic art, his a recognized artistry and draftsmanship lead to the term “Mucha Style” which would embody the Art Nouveau movement.
In addition to presenting his most appreciated decorative pieces, the Musée du Luxembourg's exhibition invites us to navigate Mucha’s personal character through his work. The exhibition includes his dedication to historic and patriotic art in last years of his life as well his spiritual views through freemasonry.
The exhibition is organized by the RMN-Grand Palais and
Directed by Tomoto Sako, Curator of the Mucha Foundation in Prague;
The retrospective will open through January 27th 2019.
12 September 2018 - 27 January 2019
Musée du Luxembourg,
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006