World renowned artist/painter Alphonse Mucha was born in the Czech Republic in 1860. At the early age of 17, Mucha resolves to become a professional painter and set outs to begin his art studies in Munich. Mucha moved to Paris in the late 1800s, continuing his studies and becoming very successful producing magazine and advertising illustrations. It was about 1895 that Mucha produced posters for plays catapulting his success (see “Gismonda”, below). He produced a flurry of posters, advertisements, paintings and book illustrations. Mucha also designed wallpaper, jewelry, and even theatre sets.
The "Mucha Style" became known as Art Nouveau, which is French for new art. The Art Nouveau period was most famous from 1890 - 1910.
Mucha moved to Prague continuing with his brilliant art decorating landmarks around the city with murals. When Czechoslovakia gained its independence, Mucha designed new postage stamps, banknotes, and government documents. He continued his art through to 1939 when he passed.
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Czech painter Alphonse Maria Mucha leapt to fame in Paris in 1895 when his poster ‘Gismonda’ (1894) for the superstar, Sarah Bernhardt, heralded the birth of the distinctive ‘Style Mucha’ and established him as the pre-eminent exponent of French Art Nouveau.
On December 26, 1894, while correcting proofs for a friend at Lemercier's printing works, Mucha is asked to undertake a last-minute commission. With all the regular artists on holiday, Sarah Bernhardt requires a new poster for her production of “Gismonda” at the Théâtre de la Renaissance, due to open just a week later.
Mucha introduced a Byzantine effect, as seen in the “Gismonda“ poster, with the border decoration inspired by mosaic work which adds an air of dignity to a commercial poster. This effect is seen in each of the works that inspired Julie Lindquist, HEAD DESIGNER / ANONYMOUS MINT, in each of the six designs that constitute the “ALPHONSE MUCHA COLLECTION” only at SILVERBULLIONART.COM. Although, Gismonda is extre,ely significant to Alp once Mucha and many others, this design was not selected as one of the six designs, however, Mucha’s Byzantine effect is used in eacg of the six designs.
This stunning collection was minted in an extremely limited mintage of only 3,000 pieces of each design and each piece is numbered with a matching numbered certificate. Very few original design pieces are available through the distributors for the Anonymous Mint, those being: JM Bullion, APMEX, and KITCO. Due to the extraordinary demand, the MUCHA FOUNDATION and the Anonymous Mint have agreed to mint these designs in a variety of different offerings, such as: 5oz, Antiqued, Painted, Proof, Painted Proof, Antiqued Proof, and other netals: Copper,
Number and Certificate Example:
JOB is the trademark for the Joseph Bardou Company, manufacturers of cigarette papers. The piece features a woman holding a lighted cigarette in her hand, the woman leans her head backward sensually, and the rising smoke forms an arabesque, intertwining with the company logo and encirculating her.
The hair, notable for the arabesques formed by the curves and swirls of the woman's exaggeratedly abundant hair, is a feature which was much commented on and copied at the time. In 1898 Mucha produced another design for Job which is known as 'Great Job'. Sculpt by Master Sculptor Luigi Badia
Dance, the most sensual of the series, is of the sole standing figure or a figure in a fluid movement of a … DANCE. This piece was the first of the series purchased by SILVERBULLIONART.COM because of the fact that it is so attractive. The problem with a piece like this is that as an artist and perfectionist, the hardest thing in the world to do is to be satisfied with the results of you wok. The strangest this was that I was trying to get into Mucha's head as I toiled for hours getting the look of motion back into what I saw. Thankfully, I never saw an example of Mucha's work or I would still be toiling over color. and one strand of hair at a time.
Champagne (White Star) (1899)
Similar to the “Zodiac”… following:
Mucha’s lithograph for the Champenois Champagne Company was originally designed to serve as the 1898 Champenois company calendar. However, its immediate popularity led to its swift publication by the magazine La Plume as a decorative panel with the title Reverie (daydream). Reverie follows:
Mucha's CHAMPAGNE – WHITE SNOW design shows a dreamy-eyed young woman leafing through a book of decorative designs, possibly printers' samples. The prominent disk behind her is elaborately decorated with flowers and their stems forming a lace-like pattern.
This panel recalls the poster Mucha designed for the dancer Lygie the same year and may well have been inspired by her.The decorative ivy foliage transforms the circular frame into an oblong. Both Ivy and its companion piece Laurel were later produced as decorative metal plates.
Sculpt by Master Sculptor Luigi Badia
CHAMPAGNE, the first piece completed
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