Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

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After being closed for more than two months, the Paine Art Center and Gardens reopened to the public on Tuesday, May 26. Admittance is by reservation only, and the Paine requests all visitors to bring and wear face masks or coverings indoors. Cost of admission is 50% off regular rates through July 31, courtesy of Amcor. For more information or to make a reservation, visit https://www.thepaine.org/events/admissionreservations/.

The gorgeous Art Nouveau designs of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) are featured in this acclaimed exhibition drawn from one of the finest private collections of the artist’s work. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau highlights 75 artworks by the celebrated Czech master, whose expressive and seductive imagery helped shape the aesthetics of the French Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century.

Taking inspiration from the natural world, Art Nouveau influenced art, architecture, and design, especially in graphic work and illustration, with its sinuous lines and whiplash curves.

Mucha’s designs for posters, books, advertising labels, and more circulated widely throughout Europe and America. His work became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style, popularly called ‘Le Style Mucha’ in Paris. Through rare, vintage lithographs, original drawings, books, and advertising ephemera, the exhibition examines the broad range of Mucha’s work, which emphasized creating a new art fit for a new century.

Exhibition and museum tour organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. The presentation of this exhibition at the Paine is supported by gifts in memory of Joan Radford (1929-2019), a former board member and longtime champion of the Paine.

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