From September 12, 2018 to January 27, 2019, the Musée du Luxembourg opens Alphonse Mucha universe with a beautiful exhibition expected by all. Yes, the last time Paris was celebrating Alphonse Mucha it was in 1980 and at the Grand Palais.
Born in 1860 in Moravia, Alfons Mucha arrives in Paris in 1887 to improve his knowledge in art at the Académie Julian and creates advertising posters and book illustrations to pay for his studies. In December 1894, he meets the great tragedian Sarah Bernhardt who launches his poster career while he represents her as Cleopatra to promote the play Gismonda. The success of this Art Nouveau poster is such that it’s cut in the streets of Paris and Mucha is weighed down under the contracts for posters and illustrations.
If he excels in Art Nouveau, it’s thanks to several teachers: of Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, he keeps the portraits of allegorical women and of Jean-Paul Laurents, the great historic paintings in theater decors. It’s how Alphonse Mucha’s very characteristic style was born, feminine figures with golden hair immortalized in front of very beautiful settings, often made of roses.
Contacted by the entire Paris for book illustrations, posters and even the decoration of restaurants and jeweler such as Georges Fouquet, Alphonse Mucha doesn’t forget his will to become a painter devoted to the national cause of his homeland and the Slav peoples.
This compelling Alphonse Mucha exhibition thought up by RMN – Grand Palais has been entrusted to Tomoko Sato, Prague Mucha Foundation curator who brought together main pieces to rediscover the first Mucha and discover the second one, to give this prolific artist all his artistic, political and spiritual complexity again.
We’re looking forward to it!
From 12 September 2018 to 27 January 2019
Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris 6
tarif -16 ans et RSA: Free
tarif jeune 16-25 ans: 9 €
tarif plein: 13 €
Ouvert tous les jours du lundi au dimanche de 10h30-19h,
Fermé le 25 décembre 2018
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