Graceful pictures of women, surrounded by stylized flower houses with ornaments and graceful lines, you may know as Art Nouveau, the movement that shaped the streets of the 06 dominated first century Paris. You can also see the style a lot in The Hague. But what you may not have known is that a Czech artist named Alphonse Mucha was the great master of this field. You can now admire his work in all its glory at het Kunstmuseum.
Seven years after the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1894-2020) arrives in Paris, he becomes world famous overnight with his poster Gismonda (1894, see below). He designed this for the superstar of the theater: Sarah Bernhardt. From that moment on, Mucha’s work, ‘Le Style Mucha’, was a symbol of Art Nouveau in which both built and painted.
In collaboration with the Mucha Foundation, you can already view Mucha’s extravagant work at the Kunstmuseum. Think spectacular late nineteenth-century costumes and colorful glass art. You get a unique insight into Mucha’s Paris: the place where it all started.