Spotlight Artist: Alphonse Mucha - Art Nouveau Movement

Czech painter Alphonse Mucha leapt to fame in Paris in 1895 when his poster Gismonda (1894) for the superstar Sarah Bernhardt heralded the birth of the distinctive ‘Style Mucha’ and established him as the pre-eminent exponent of French Art Nouveau.(excerpt from Mucha Foundation)

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Essential Questions

  • What role did the actress, Sarah Bernhart, have on Mucha's career? Why?

  • How is Art Nouveau similar to the Arts and Crafts movement? How is it different?

  • Where do we see Mucha's impact today?

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