Art Hero: Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha (1860- 1939) is one of my all time favorite artists. I love his style and his incredible ability to capture so much emotion in each person he draws. His work is such an inspiration to me. I love that his work is mostly illustration. It amazes me how incredibly beautiful he makes the most simple things. There is a sort of comfort in his work and a beauty that will ever go out of style.

I've seen a lot of people that try to imitate his work but it never seems to quite get it right. It must be something about the colors he chose or the movement of his backgrounds. The characters he drew had the incredible fluidity which really shows off his talent.

In a ideal world, companies would be trying to create works of art with their packaging. There is some amazing package design being created today but I doesn't always seem to always reach my grocery shelves, but wouldn't you buy more stuff it was packaged like this?

Poster for Amants, Theatre de la Renaissance

Poster for Chocolat Ideal, 1897

Poster for Chocolat Masson, 1897

Poster for Flirt Biscuits, 1899

Moravian Teachers Choir, 1911

Poster for Moet & Chandon Champagne, 1899
Nestle's Food for Infants, 1897

Poster for Bagnolet Soap Factory, 1897

Here are a few the amazing (and very large) paintings he created as part of The Slav Epic Series...the details are so incredible.

Master Jan Hus Preaching at the Bethlehem Chapel-1916
Defense of Sziget Against the Turks 1914

 Holy Mount Athos-1926

Here is Alphonse in his studio working on The Slav Epic

Here is the lovely photo of man himself, he had a pretty interesting an sad life. He died of pneumonia after being arrested by the gestapo after being denounced as a 'reactionary' for his views... I recommend the book Alphonse Maria Mucha: His Life and Art by Jiri Mucha (written by Alphonses' son) to learn more.

Hope you enjoyed the work of one of my illustration & art heroes!

October Art Nouveau

I love these Art Nouveau posters. Each has such style, grace and a of touch morbidity. The use of design is incredible. Every inch of these posters are so well thought out. Beautiful hand drawn typography throughout. Wonderful design elements are even in the "lesser" of the posters. 

Try to visualize these advertising posters being plastered on every empty wall you looked. Could you imagine what the inside of a simple local market was like? It must have been so amazing...These posters sure create a mood don't they. I would have loved these as a little kid.

Truth be told, these posters aren't exactly for Halloween but they do really work well for my mood these days. I love the artists use of blacks, oranges and grays to create such a subtle darkness. They are the colors of fall and death. I  love the fact these drawings are so "quiet". Not one of characters is looking at you. Yet...I'm  drawn into the pieces because they are so silent and haunting.  They are exactly the opposite of advertising posters these days when the actors seem to devour you.

Poster for The Lottery of National Unity by Alphonse Mucha

Poster by Eugene Grasset for L. Marquet Ink
Amazing Party poster Artist Unknown

by Coles Phillips for Life Magazine
by Louis Raemaekers for an Ad for the Anti-Tariff Act 1913

Nice ad for a Mortuary artist unknown
Absinthe by Leonetto Cappiello

What will happen after she drinks this? Such a creepy guy...

And some say illustration is not art...