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Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau Hardcover – 2 Mar 1998

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st ed. edition (2 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300074190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300074192
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.4 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Arwas is director of Editions Graphiques

Dvorak is librarian at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Dvorak is librarian at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Bruson is conservator at the Musee Carnavalet

Brabcova is former chief curator of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Prague

Jack Rennert has been dealing in posters for over forty years and established two successful companies, Posters Please, Inc., and Poster Auctions International. Author of over twenty books on both vintage and modern posters.


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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is an awesome book (as stated before)..it has great pictures of Mucha's art work, a great variety of what he did as an artist, and great writings on his life as a person and as an artist. I recommend this book for anyone who likes Mucha and Art Nouveau
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The essays by the various expertts wh O WROTE THIS GORGEOUS CATALOGUE ARE FIRST RATE> The only flaw in the book seems to be the flipped or incorrect photographs. Many of the photos are so well described in the catalogue entries, yet the photos are wrong in their direction or of another object completely. Never mind this small gripe though... this hefty erudite tome belongs in every Mucha afficianado's library.. a book for amateurs and experts alike
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another textbook masquerading as an art book . . . 29 Aug. 2007
By Parkermann347 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for an art book, avoid this one. I adore Mucha's work. That being said, I was decidedly underwhelmed with this massive tome. I was really looking forward to this because it seemed like it would be loaded with full color images from Mucha's career.
Half the book is black and white pictures with text. Then comes the 'Catalogue' which I'm finding means code for 'small pictures ahead'.
The entire Slav epic is reproduced, however the images are so tiny you can barely make it out, except for a couple pieces that take up half the page. Even more annoying is the fact that the teeny images occupy what is largely a blank page.Two or three images way down at the bottom and blank space for the rest of it.
I guess it's part of 'negative space' and art or whatever, but it felt like a rip off.
The rest of the 100 or so pages of art is much like this. Small images of most of his work, like 'Seasons' and 'Jewels' with mostly a blank page.
Why wouldn't they use more of the page and blow up the image so the reader can enjoy the works? This large book could have been the definitive book on Mucha for art book lovers. That is why I would rate this as an over hyped textbook. The best Mucha book out there is the one I imported from Prague.
Don't waste your time with this unless you are into a scholarly approach to this fantastic artist. For classroom study at best.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most complete books of Mucha 24 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
By far, this is the best Alphonse Mucha reference book that is currently being published. There are others out there that have ALL of his works in one volume but they are now out of print. Not only is this rich in text about the artist and his life but it is a catalogue for one of the largest Mucha exhibits to travel throughout the US. Because it is a catalogue of an exhibit, it does not have every single one of his works. BUT it does have complete sets - the Four Stars, the Flowers, the Muses, etc. One of the best aspects of this books is that it also has his sculptures, jewelry, and studies of his Slavic pieces. Many of the Mucha books out there (which I still recommend) do not always have a complete look into the variety of his works. This book does.
I was lucky enough to see this exhibit in Reno - and it was just beautiful. To see the works in person is just breathtaking.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best Mucha books you can find 18 Sept. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for the picture "Lottery of the National Unity for Southwestern Moravia in Brno" ever since I saw the original this past summer in Prague, where the Mucha museum is located. If you have never heard of this picture, perhaps you can understand how MANY Mucha drawings, paintings, watercoulors and pastels are in here, to find such an obscure one. Not only does it have his known art, such as the 4 seasons, Laurel and Ivy, etc; But is also has his political art, THE ENTIRETY OF THE SLAV EPIC (Which is amazing), and many of his interior designs. How critics ever said Mucha wasn't one of the great masters of pen and ink, eludes me. This is one of the best books, and with Amazon's savings, it's even better. :)
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading,despite some picture flubs 23 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The essays by the various expertts wh O WROTE THIS GORGEOUS CATALOGUE ARE FIRST RATE> The only flaw in the book seems to be the flipped or incorrect photographs. Many of the photos are so well described in the catalogue entries, yet the photos are wrong in their direction or of another object completely. Never mind this small gripe though... this hefty erudite tome belongs in every Mucha afficianado's library.. a book for amateurs and experts alike
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! 5 July 2005
By D. D Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books that I have bought in a long time about my favorite artist. It (The Book) clearly and beautifully reproduces the work of this man, coupled with some well thought out text. As far as I am concerned a bargain at twice the price.

Well done to all hands involved!
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