Mellow Monday: The Style That Took Paris By Storm

Welcome to Mellow Monday, a picture post with beautiful photos from around the web!

Sit back and relax as we present this week’s theme:

Art Nouveau with Alphonse Mucha

Back in the early 1900s, Alphonse Mucha became the talk of Paris for his contemporary and refreshing art style, which they dubbed “Art Nouveau”. There’s more on him here, but I’d just like to show you some of the highlights of his works.

 

His advertisement for the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt, Gismonda, launched him to fame overnight. Some collectors desired this print so much, they would sneak out at night to cut it down from the billboards!

His poster for Monaco Monte Carlo started the trend of evocative, glamorous travel posters. The details in those flower wheels are amazing!

 

“The Seasons” were Mucha’s first set of decorative panels. They were so popular that his printing company had him create two more sets on the same theme, in 1897 and 1900.

Via Mucha Foundation

Via Mucha Foundation

 

 

Then the lovely series of The Precious Stones, featuring the Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald, and Topaz…

 

 

…And the The Times of the Day (Morning Awakening, Brightness of Day, Evening Contemplation, Night’s Rest). I love how the height of the women coordinate with our alertness.

 

And last but not least, his beautiful series on The Moon and the Stars. My favorite in this series is The Moon; all the stars shine brighter than her, but she has such a mysterious, serene beauty.

Via Mucha Foundation

 

Mucha’s style continues to influence the art world today. Our founder Bruno Lamy was inspired by Art Nouveau to create his Dahlia collection of French linens. Shop the collection here!

 

Take a look at our Pinterest board for more of Mucha’s art!

I’ve also done a post on Mucha’s rise to fame, which you can read here.

 

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