Who was really Alphonse Mucha? What artist? What man? From 12 September 2018 to 27 January 2019, the Musée du Luxembourg invites you to discover this great figure of Art Nouveau. A dive through the diversity of his talents that reveals a committed and complex personality. Exciting.
Alphonse Mucha, a native of Moravia (now the Czech Republic), was just 20 years old when he arrived in France in the late 1880s. The young fine arts student came to Paris to continue his training. This is where he will spend most of his career.
Illustrator, painter, photographer, decorator…, Mucha is a plural artist. But it is above all his theatre and advertising posters that propel him to the forefront and soon raise him as the champion of Art Nouveau. Yes, but not only that.
The exhibition devoted to him by the Musée du Luxembourg proposes to go beyond this slightly reductive portrait by showing the full diversity of his art. You will of course admire the posters that made him famous, but also paintings, sculptures, drawings, sets, art objects, photographs, jewellery…
These works speak of a man full of conviction, pedagogue, humanist, activist, very attached to his country and his Slavic roots. Did he not devote the last part of his life to painting the great Slavic epic, the history of his people? The museum thus offers us a glimpse of the intimate Mucha, invites us into its workshop, and is interested in how it works, from the genesis to the outcome of creation.
The Musée du Luxembourg exhibition is the first dedicated to Alphonse Mucha in the capital since the retrospective of the Grand Palais in 1980. Not to be missed.