Classic Artists: Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha, Le Pater (1899)

Illustrations from ‘Le Pater’ (1899) by Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939)

Alphonse Mucha is well known for his graphic art that celebrates the fin de Siecle of Paris between 1895 and 1908. His bold lines, sensuous female figures and strong colours graced advertisements and posters that have become the classic art nouveau styles. His art is fantastic, and gothic too though, as you can see from these exquisite, almost supernatural illustrations, just two examples of the Lithographs from ‘Le Pater’ published by Henri Piazza in Paris, 1899.  The seven verses of the Lord’s prayer are illustrated and decorated by Mucha who later declared that this was his supreme achievement. Modern graphic artists such as Barry Windsor Smith and P. Craig Russell draw heavily on Mucha’s influence.


Further information on these particular illustrations can be found here.

The Mucha Foundation continues to celebrate the work of this wonderful artist with exhibitions and publications around the world. They can be found here.