Alphonse Mucha

Czech (1860 - 1939)
Alphonse Mucha Peonies 1897 - 1898

Biography

Born 1860
Died 1939
Nationality Czech
Birth place Ivančice
Death place Praha

Czech artist Mucha began his career as a theatrical scene-painter. He studied art in Munich and in Paris, where he lived from 1888. Mucha is best known for his flowing art nouveau poster designs. In the 1890s, his work for the actress Sarah Bernhardt brought him to the public attention. He designed posters, stage sets, costumes and jewellery for her. In 1922, Mucha settled in Prague. As Czechoslovakia had recently won its independence, he gave his services for free to design the country's first banknotes and stamps, amongst other items.