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  • Alfons Maria Mucha (aka Alphonse Mucha)

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on October 28th, 2011 (All posts by )

    The source of this image is the Wikimedia Commons. Muchas works entered the public domain in 2010, for he died in 1939 and the copyright expired seventy years after the death of the creator.

    The image above is from the Czech art noveau painter and decorative artist Alfons Maria Mucha (known in English as Alphonse Mucha). A list of his works can be found here. I especially like his stained glass window for the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

     

    5 Responses to “Alfons Maria Mucha (aka Alphonse Mucha)”

    1. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      I always like art noveau, there’s some ethereal, otherworldly quality to it that draws me in.

      On this piece I have to say there’s a mismatch between her right arm and her face, they have two different qualities to them. I suspect the arm is his, drawn from a mirror image. The filigree work in the ornament she’s holding and the golden throne-back is excellent. The blue-green wash on the canvas(?) gives the whole image an undersea feel, like she’s a princess of the deep, maybe Neptune’s daughter.

    2. Tatyana Says:

      Two Glorious Vienna celebrities, product of fallen empire, in one day! Mucha and Zweig.
      Thank you, Ralf

    3. chuck Says:

      …like she’s a princess of the deep, maybe Neptune’s daughter.

      She is princess Hyacinth, but I can’t place the source of that name.

    4. Ralf Goergens Says:

      On this piece I have to say there’s a mismatch between her right arm and her face, they have two different qualities to them. I suspect the arm is his, drawn from a mirror image. The filigree work in the ornament she’s holding and the golden throne-back is excellent. The blue-green wash on the canvas(?) gives the whole image an undersea feel, like she’s a princess of the deep, maybe Neptune’s daughter.

      I think you are right, the right hand is looking pretty masculine, and so is the forearm.

      As to the pose, it seems kind of stilted and uncomfortable. Of course, royalty traditionally affected such poses in public and on paintings to set themselves apart.

    5. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Chuck, I think this is the source: Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess. The Princess isn’t strictly called Hyacinth, but Mucha probaly took some artistic licence.