Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mucha in Iowa

Blog reader Amber Wallin recommends the museum exhibition
Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau  at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She said it was worth the six hour drive from St. Paul, Minnesota.

She says, "I hadn't realized how large a format his litho prints were, and that--of course--reproductions of his work don't begin to accurately convey his palette! The man apparently frequently used metallic inks that are brilliant in person but turn flat and dull when reprinted. They also feature dozens of his family and model photographs pulled from glass negatives. Given the limitations of photography compared to today's, he was just as talented a photographer as he was a painter!"

The show is up until the end of December.

Thanks, Amber.

4 comments:

arturoquimico said...

We had a Mucha "print"/litho and jewelery display here at the University of West Florida sponsored by the Japanese language department. They claimed that Mucha is revered in Japan, but that he took his ideas from the Hokusai wood cuts and prints...

Mary Bullock said...

Love Mucha!! I went several times to see an exhibit of his work that was in Memphis years ago. Amazing!!!!

our website said...

1870 Census lists an Adolph Mucha with his wife, Mary, and daughters, Mary and Lizzie living in Floyd Co., Iowa. I believe this to be part of my family tree. Would appreciate any information on the Mucha's living in Iowa. According to the census, Mary was born in New York in 1866, and Lizzie was born in Illinois in 1869. I believe daughter Mary married Julius Gottlieb Klenk in New York about 1884.

Rick Claussen said...

The Mucha Exhibition has been removed from the web museums site but you can find Mucha in all his glory at:
http://www.muchafoundation.org/home