The work of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most celebrated artists in fin-de-siècle Paris, goes on show this April at the Russell-Cotts Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth . From adverts to Slavic masterpieces, we consider the contribution of one of art nouveau’s leading exponents
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born on 24 July 1860 in Ivančice, a small Moravian town in the then Kingdom of Bohemia, which was part of the Habsburg Empire. From his earliest years, Mucha’s artistic talent was evident. He could draw before he could walk – indeed his mother used to tie a pencil round his neck so that he could draw while crawling about on the floor.
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