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Alphonse Mucha in Gilded Age America, 1904-1921

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dc.contributor.author Daley, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T15:52:01Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-09T15:52:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/8790/AnnaDaleyAlphonseMucha.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/8790
dc.description.abstract Czech graphic designer and painter Alphonse Maria Mucha periodically visited America between 1904 and 1921. While in America, Mucha produced numerous and varied works of art and design products. Much of the work Mucha produced in America was unique in his oeuvre and furthermore, in type or media, is rarely associated with a man typically categorized as a graphic or decorative designer. These atypical works include oil portraits and massive panneau painted in an increasingly naturalistic and academic style, the interior design of the German Theatre and set and costume designs. Perhaps his most distinctly American works, if not in composition than in the social milieu that generated them, are his package designs for his own line of soap, Savon Mucha. In addition, during his tenure in America, Mucha finally realized his ambition to teach his own course, mixed and mingled with some of the Gilded Age’s most recognizable names, and became a celebrity. Newspapers and magazines often reproduced examples of Mucha’s earlier work during this period. By understanding why Mucha, his work, and his lectures were as wildly popular, as his biographies claim, a new light can be shed on Gilded Age taste and the American art community at the turn of the century.
dc.subject Mucha, Alphonse Marie
dc.subject Artists
dc.title Alphonse Mucha in Gilded Age America, 1904-1921
dc.type Thesis
dc.identifier.srbnumber 80867

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