World renowned artist/painter Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in the Czech Republic in 1860. At the early age of 17, the young Alphonse (biography) resolves to become a professional painter. His talents caught the eye of Count Karl Khuen of Mikulov who hired him to decorate the murals at Hrusovany Emmahof Castle. Count Khuen supported Alphonse in his studies, sponsoring his further education the University of Munich (a Retrospective Exhibition in the Capital of Bavaria)
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. His most interesting works caught my attention as he effortlessly captures women... natural ...beautiful ...innocent ...seductive. It was the combination of the seduction and innocence that inspired this collection in Silver.
The "Mucha Style" became known as ART NOUVEAU. And he, the FATHER OF ART NOUVEAU. ...the foundational period of ART NOUVEAU was 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.
The Anonymous Mint along with Coin Designer Julie Lindquist is proud to announce “The Mucha Collection” release. This series of six designs features the artwork of the great Alphonse Maria Mucha, “Father of Art Nouveau.”
Alphonse Mucha was well known for his art of beautiful women… sensual, seductive, alluring, all of which will be portrayed in this series of designs.
Exceptional examples are included in the banner of the page.
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 extremely significant to Alphonse Mucha and many others, this design was
not selected as one of the six designs, however,
this poster recently sold at an auction for $14,400.00, and Mucha’s Byzantine effect is used in each 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 metals: Copper, Gold, Platinum, Palladium
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This design is the first in the six coin series is entitled "JOB", a work that catapulted Alphonse Maria Mucha into popularity. JOB was completed in 1896 and his best known advertising poster, with numerous editions subsequently published in a variety of formats for international markets. In this poster, Mucha placed the prominent female figure, establishing the iconic image of the "Mucha Woman," with swirls of exaggeratedly abundant hair against a background featuring JOB monograms.
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. See the piece...
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
Second in the six design series is Dance. Dance displays the sinuous figure of a female with long auburn hair swaying in the autumn breeze while leaves fall gently around her. Flowers and decorations adorn her hair and her figure is encircled in a beautiful motif. The piece was originally done in pencil and water color, and then later released as a color lithograph.
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. Check out DANCE... https://www.silverbullionart.com/product-p/247.htm
hird in the series is Rose. Having been completed by in 1898, the original water color was made as a personification of the rose flower. The piece depicts a one on Mucha’s beautiful women surrounded by flowering rose vines. She is delicately holding a full bloomed rose in each of her hands and stares serenely straight ahead.
I really apologize for the picture! It is really bad. Check out the real piece here. My history with this piece is grueling. It was the first started and the last finished. I could not get a good picture when it was done, but getting it done was the issue. Getting the roses to look like roses was the most difficult feat... controlling the chemical reaction between silver and sulfur. Developing the perfect patina coloration and keeping it, yet maintaining a skin tone, leaf color, hair color, and then have all stay the way it initially toned. Hours went into days, and days into weeks. Yet, here she is... the beautiful ROSE. https://www.silverbullionart.com/product-p/242.htm
This is an example of his initial drawing and my first rendition of where I was going to go with the piece.
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Champagne (White Star) (1899)
The Mucha Collection’s fourth design in the series is Champagne White Star. Alphonse Mucha worked with a very prominent champagne company producing catalogues, postcards and posters. In 1899 for their lighter champagne, he produced the poster Champagne White Star. The piece portrays a sensual blonde in a pink dress baring her shoulders and holding a bowl of grapes. The beautiful woman is surrounded by grape vines. https://www.silverbullionart.com/product-p/246.htm
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.
The Mucha Collection’s fifth design in the series is Ivy which was completed in 1901. The piece was produced for the dancer, Lygie, and may have been inspired by her. The design displays the profiled bust of a woman. Her hair is adorned and intertwined with ivy, while a single rosebud is placed on her bosom. The intricate design element that backgrounds the balance of the piece contains an arrow and flower motif. https://www.silverbullionart.com/product-p/255.htm
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.
The Mucha Collection’s sixth design in the series is Laurel which was completed in 1901. Laurel is a companion piece to Ivy. Originally Laurel was designed as a glass panel for the interior of an upscale Parisian jewelry store, Boutique Fouquet. Later the panel was used as a calendar for a signage company. https://www.silverbullionart.com/product-p/253.htm
The art displays a beautifully profiled bust of a woman with her eyes slightly lowered. Ribbon and laurel leaves adorn her hair while she is backgrounded by a detailed mosaic halo.
Sculpt by Master Sculptor Luigi Badia
Presented by Julie Lindquist of Anonymous Mint
Fully Authorized by the Mucha Foundation
CHAMPAGNE, the first piece completed
SILVERBULLIONART.COM has done two Champagne pieces. The second piece is the collectable piece shown above, in the collection discussion. The piece in the collection is one in which I have taken to point of very FINE ART, with multiple and hours of work to brind the mirror like finish (DMPL) of the background back to its original luster.
The reason I show this piece is because it SOLD… it sold as it sat on the table, right before the second toning. Only a couple areas were lightened to be able to handle another coloration. Notice the gold to very dark brown, almost black tones are all the color the piece had. No reds, blues, no indication of a second spectrum or layer of color. However, that was all the it took to make this design look intensely seductive. It appears as though her dress were sheer enough to see through. Her skin tones natural. I was anxious to get on with the next step, but had to let go.
The seduction in Alphonse Mucha's work is strongly apparent in the next set of four figures. It give me a ghostly feeling that the artist himself was back to finish another seduction, but this time on silver bullion..
These frames all have the same feeling I had when I was working on most of the Mucha designs. His talent for bringing out the nature of the human form was intoxicating. I wish he were alive today to ask about what his thoughts were when developing his art.
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