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Alphons Maria Mucha (1860 – 1939), often known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known for his distinctive style in paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and book illustrations. He also designed jewelry, carpets, wallpaper, and theater sets in what was termed initially The Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau.
Whether you go or not, Mucha, by Sarah Mucha is the first comprehensive overview of his life and work, published in association with the Mucha Museum in Prague. Generally agreed to be one of the most important contributors to Art Nouveau, the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha was trained, celebrated and lived most of his life in Paris. His unforgettably iconic images of Sarah Bernhardt and others embody the spirit of the fin de siècle. But underneath his successful career as an artist and poster designer lay a passionate Slav nationalist whose most important and long neglected works are still being painstakingly restored and exhibited in the Czech republic.