The artist of this poster is the famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). He liked drawing since he was a child, and at a young age started working as a theatrical scenery painter. In 1879, Mucha moved to Vienna to pursue this line of work, and soon after was sponsored to study at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. The artist moved to Paris in 1887 to continue his studies at Académie Julian and Académie Colarossi. He soon became popular in the French capital for his paintings, illustrations and designs for jewelry and wallpapers, among others. His style became known as Art Nouveau, French for “New Art”. Mucha usually depicted beautiful women surrounded by flowers and Neoclassical inspired robes. Mucha created posters for many brands, for LU he also designed box tops, wrappers and other printed objects, and he was also known for his theatrical posters.
Here are some excerpts about the poster from the catalog raisonne of his works:
“On January 19, 1921, the Brooklyn Museum opened an exhibition that gave the American public the first preview of Mucha’s life work –five of the planned twenty huge canvases comprising the Slav Epic were displayed in the Museum’s foyer…The exhibition remained on view for the rest of January and February, and in the end was seen by a total of $600,000 visitors. At this time, it was the practice of the museum, when arranging special shows of this kind, to charge a 50 cent admission fee, which went to the artist; Mucha, however who took the principle of, “art for the people” quite seriously, insisted that there should be no admission fee this time…It made no difference to Mucha that 50 cents was not a hardship on the individual visitor or that no one had objected to it; he still wanted the Slav Epic to be shown free of charge.” Since the poster was for an event with a small time frame, there were very little of these posters printed and finding an example today in excellent condition is a rarity.
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