alphonse mucha moon and stars print
Thanks to patronage by a count, he subsequently sought formal training in Munich and Paris. At the end of the 19th century, while in Paris, Mucha revolutionised the style of advertisement poster designs.
Mucha was passionate about providing beautiful yet affordable art for the masses and also developed a design handbook for fellow designers.
It was Mucha’s belief that through the creation of beautiful works of art the quality of life would be improved. He also believed that it was his duty as an artist to promote art for ordinary people. He was able to fulfill both of these objectives by means of his innovative concept of the mass-produced decorative panel. Of the panels, Mucha later wrote: ‘I was happy to be involved in an art for the people and not for private drawing rooms. It was inexpensive, accessible to the general public, and it found a home in poor families as well as in more affluent circles.’
In gaining wider public recognition as the ‘Master of the Art Nouveau poster’, Mucha’s success in a new genre – decorative panels (‘panneaux décoratifs’) – played a significant part. Decorative panels were posters without text, a prototype of today’s art posters, designed purely for artistic appreciation or decorating interior walls. It was the printer Champenois who invented this idea from the business point of view: to maximise business opportunity by recycling Mucha’s designs for many different editions. However, it was Mucha who transformed them into a new art form, affordable and available to the wider public, whereas, traditionally, works of art were available only to the privileged few.
Set the tone of your room from the walls out—”from the ground up” is so dated. Mix and match your favorite art prints on a gallery wall showcasing everything that makes your style unique. Art prints available in five sizes, from x-small to x-large. *Exact sizing may vary slightly due to printing process, we advise waiting to buy frames until the prints arrive.
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Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech painter and decorative artist. He was mainly known from the contribution to the style of Art Nouveau and presenting women in the Belle Epoque.
The panels are named (from the left):
– ‘The Morning Star’ – This canvas print features a beautiful girl barely clothed, wrapped in a sheer brown night cloak. She holds her right hand on her forehead from where the soft light radiates. Borders of a picture are decorated with a laurel ornaments.
– ‘The Moon’ – The figure of the Moon with a flower garland in her hair is covered with a dark starry robe. The woman covers her mouth with her hand. She is standing in the glow of a crescent moon.
– ‘The Pole Star’ – The reproduction represents a beautiful woman hovers over the illuminated ring of a star. She is wearing a brown dress with open back.
– ‘The Evening Star’ – This canvas print features an attractive woman dressed in a purple dress on the background of the setting sun. The figure of the Evening Star covers her face with her hand and turns her head away as if she would be blinded by the light in the centre of the composition.
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From New York, he wrote to his family in Moravia: “You must have been very surprised by my decision to come to America, perhaps even amazed. But in fact I had been preparing to come here for some time. It had become clear to me that that I would never have time to do the things I wanted to do if I did not get away from the treadmill of Paris, I would be constantly bound to publishers and their whims. in America, I don’t expect to find wealth, comfort, or fame for myself, only the opportunity to do some more useful work.” 
Zodiac calendar for La Plume (1897)