By Ann Bridges
Artwork fans worldwide remember with pride Muchas marvelous pics of Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha single-handedly revolutionized French poster artwork on the flip of the century with paintings nouveau ads for Moet & Chandon, task, Nestles, Benedictine brandy and «the flower of the nineties» Monaco Monte-Carlo. Muchas paintings was once an notion to architects and architects who tailored his kind of sinuous plants and plant motifs for designing constructions and furnishings. Muchas harmonious designs, delicate shades and really good draughtmanship have earned him the acceptance as one of many notable and influential picture artists of Europe. This wonderful and colourful booklet is the main actual list of Muchas paintings on hand. integrated are 163 full-color plates, a few showing the following for the 1st time in view that their unique e-book. an entire catalog part includes 525 distinctive and illustrated entries and an in depth bibliography of books, periodicals and exhibition catalogs. Marina Hendersons advent, «Women and Flowers,» and Dr. Anna Dvoraks epilogue, «Illustrations for Books and Periodicals,» describe with perception Muchas existence, his achievements and his philosophy.
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For instance the outer file Still- lifes gressively reduced to tensely concentration, towards a more controlled level of ex- periment. Since the Demoiselles, he had assembled figures out of disparate angular fragments rather than analysed them, until in a painting like the Hermitage Nude with Drapery, the urgent expression of the figure was held and almost submerged within a very comThe model, inasmuch as her-and her left leg is particularly elusive-is suspended against the broken background. This ground is quite as strongly articulated as the figure.
Pushkin Museum. Moscow ing for Gris, If add a new touch of Picasso-like humour. these paintings are less succinct and unambi- guous than before, they Gris. The object-quality also retain qualities peculiar to of the planes to the degree of Picasso There is always is and Braque's a clearer relationship never diffused 1 91 1 pictures. between lines became an important part of Gris' technique, while it was a primary element of Analytical Cubism. As a result the and areas of colour; in fact line by itself never separate parts of his motifs have distinct identities as forms; the ambiguity the sitter's left in the Portrait of Picasso between shoulder and the back of the chair is as 38 exposed as the ambiguities of Picasso's 1909 Bather.
Charcoal on paper present whereabouts unknown 58 release from hermetic obscurity. The logic of this moment when solution-at the very titles were vital enigmas-seems clues to the decoding of Cubist dis- turbingly simple. PICASSO, BRAQUE GRIS 1911-15 AND The early paintings of Juan Gris By nature, Juan Gris was a more calculating than Picasso or Braque. artist Heavily indebted to their an intellectual work has its direct or indirect he approached them with circumspection and a technical reserve produced a very different sort of Cubist painting.
Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Graphic Works by Ann Bridges