Saturday, July 18, 2015

masterpiece of Alphonse Mucha

A postcard sends from Lenka of Czech Republic.
Bières de la Meuse (1897) ~ by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist. 

The poster portrays a woman with a wreath of poppies, wheat and hops in her hair holding a pint of beer. She has Slav features and recalls the figure of Summer from Mucha's Seasons series of the previous year. There are two images at the bottom of the poster that are by another artist, an image of the goddess of the river Meuse and a bird’s eye view of the brewery.

And not to forget the beautiful stamp (Zodiac, Design 2, Ziegler 2010) that Lenka pasted on postcard. Another beautiful artwork piece called "Savonnerie De Bagnolet" , also by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).

  The Zodiac image of Mucha was one of his most successful designs, undergoing no fewer than a dozen different uses over the years. In this variant, the zodiac and all the decorations around the perimeter are gone, having been replaced by an 1898 calendarium. 
Replacing the astrological symbols is the text for the soap company. 

1 comment:

Nancy Chan said...

The first stamp is very beautiful! Have a great week!