About this artwork

This is an original watercolour for a printed fabric. Although the individual flowers are detailed, retaining an element of naturalism, Mucha has stylized the stems to create the sensual curving lines associated with the art nouveau style. The thick, dark outlines of the flowers and flat areas of colour are also a feature of Art Nouveau. Mucha has used soft, pastel colours for the flowers and included gentle curving shapes in the background.

  • title:
    Peonies
  • accession number:
    GMA 4678
  • artist:
    Alphonse MuchaCzech (1860 - 1939)
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  • materials:
    Ink and watercolour
  • date created:
    1897 - 1898
  • measurements:
    95.00 x 79.50 cm (framed: 115.50 x 98.80 x 2.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2003
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha