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!

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How Alphonse Mucha Floored the Parisian Art Scene–Overnight!

Via Wikipedia

Via Wikipedia

The Legend of Mucha

The year was 1894, around Christmas in Paris.

Alphonse Mucha was toiling away in Lemercier’s printing workshop, correcting proofs as a favor for a friend. The internationally famed actress Sarah Bernhardt phoned the manager demanding a new poster for her stage production by New Year’s Eve. All the regular Lemercier artists were away for the holidays, so the manager turned to Mucha in desperation. Despite having no experience with designing posters, Mucha eagerly accepted the task.

 

When the manager returned on December 30 to see Mucha’s finished work, he was absolutely horrified.

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