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Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Rosalind Ormiston
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1 Mar 2007 Masterworks
Though very much an individual and spiritual artist, Alfonse Mucha was a defining figure of the Art Nouveau era and is loved for his distinctive lush style and images of beautiful women in arabesque poses among the plethora of paintings, posters, advertisements and designs he produced. Admire a whole range of his work here in its full glory with succinct accompanying text.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844517306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844517305
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosalind Ormiston is a researcher, lecturer and author in art, architecture and design history. She lectures in art and architectural history at Kingston University, London. Her recent publications include Colour Source Book, Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks, Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration; Michelangelo: His Life and Works in 500 Images and Leonardo da Vinci: His Life and Works in 500 Images.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointment 4 Aug 2008
What a shame, this book could have been superb, reasonably priced and lavishly illustrated but let down by truly atrocious printing, every image either has an orange cast to it or seems to be 'under-exposed' .Seems to be a problem with this publisher and spoils what should have been a superb book. I can only presume that it has been printed to a very tight budget but I'd have gladly paid more for better reproduction. A real case of 'false economy', art books NEED to be beautifully printed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection 12 Mar 2014
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I had some Mucha posters when I was a teenager, and my daughter's just chosen to study Mucha at A level. This book is a great collection of works for us to keep forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous book, enormous value 2 April 2013
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A big book full of images printed on great paper with a nice attention to detail such as colours and explanations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb! 13 Jan 2013
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If all of life's transactions were of such a faultless nature.
our Earth would indeed be an idyll
Love, Peace
Dr Ivan Clark
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous graphic works 30 Dec 2009
By wiredweird - Published on
Alphonse Mucha had undeniable influence on the Art Nouveau movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It's even been argued that his style defined that movement. I find that claim a bit much, but these graphic works still form a huge and very enjoyable collection.

This collection features dozens if not hundreds of his graphic works. Although best known for his posters, and especially posters advertising Sarah Bernhardt's performances, he took on many other commercial jobs as well. Perhaps it seems incongruous to see Mucha's languid lovelies dedicating themselves to crackers, perfume, bicycles, or absinthe. Or, perhaps that sampling shows just how the Art Nouveau movement permeated popular culture, right down to their cookie jars. Even in these mundane tasks, however, Mucha conveyed some sense of fantasy and everlasting springtime.

Despite the wide range of works presented here, I was disappointed that these "masterworks" include only graphic works. Mucha also created jewelry, wallpaper, theatrical sets, and even money! He was fiercely patriotic and, when Czechoslovakia won independence, he was commissioned to create its banknotes and postage stamps. Mucha's graphic work was brilliant and remains familiar worldwide. This book does the man disservice by presenting only his graphic work, when he created so much else.

The text describes Mucha's life and, I have to admit, I only skimmed it while soaking in the graphic work. That's where this book's real strength lies, however: in collecting some of the most beautiful specimens of this powerful artist's work.

-- wiredweird
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 23 April 2013
By The Hammer - Published on
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This is perhaps one of the most beautiful and most definitive sources of Czech Art Nouveau that you could ever wish for. The plates are all in pure, unbridled color and the information is rich. I consider to be a welcome addition to my architectural library.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mucha review 11 May 2014
By DeniseEdwards - Published on
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While the book itself is very informative, I had expected the paintings, posters, etc. to be on gloss paper. I had seen his work in Prague and was blown away by his talent. However, being printed on matt paper does not do his paintings justice.
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly organized 31 Dec 2013
By QueenBookWorm - Published on
Beautifully illustrated book with lots of information, but the author often makes it very difficult for the reader to follow her train of thought, having to flip back several pages to find the illustrations being written about. also the author repeats continuous information at different sections which gets monotonous
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done Review of Mucha's Works 28 Dec 2013
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For fans of Mucha, this book provides a lovely overview of his work -- mainly his posters and illustrative style. I didn't see much of his painterly work here--which is remarkable and not as well-known as one might hope--but that is not unusual, since he is most widely known for his promotional stuff. I gave this book as a gift so I did not read the text in its entirety, but I was pleased with it nonetheless and the recipient seemed delighted. It is weighty, dressy-looking, and would serve nicely as the proverbial coffee-table book.
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