Inspired by the Art Nouveau Style of Alphonse Mucha

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the beautiful refined style of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha became well known.
I first saw images of his work at American River College when I was studying with Gary Pruner.  Gary used Mucha’s work, among others, to illustrate design and composition.
I loved it at first sight!
Many current artists are using the design elements he invented.  You might want to try to experiment with it as well.

Go over to art nouveau inspired art  and you will find some of Mucha’s own designs as well some current artwork.

Over the years I’ve tried with my own take on this style…  Here are a few examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The elements of Mucha’s Style:

Curvilinear Line:          
   Hierarchy of Line over Form
   Mucha used outlining to emphasize shapes and curves of his figures

Rhythm:          
  
Repetition of Line, Shape and Pattern

Complication/Simplicity:            
   He used relatively simple design and division of space, j
uxtaposed with complex detail and ornamentation 

Mucha uses Idealized Women in non-aggressive poses surrounded with nature, gardens, flowers and creatures            

Flowers were often dissected to reveal repeated shapes and detailed designs            

Hidden creatures, almost invisible, were sometimes used in some designs.
Branches and trees were used as backdrops for many figures.
Circles and mandalas were used as backdrops for figures.

Drapery/Hair:
Exaggerated the movement and flow of fabric folds and curling hair waves.            

Curves and Shapes and Divisions become part of overall design, body, shape, and form.            

Shadows are evident by uses of repeated and modulated line.
Sometimes there is modeling of the clothing, face and hands, but they are kept to a minimum. 

Color:
   Mucha’s color appears muted and soothing with subtle variations.

Reference Material:

1. The Triumph of Art Nouveau Mucha by Arthur Ellridge, English edition published in 1994           
Available through Amazon.com

2. The Art Nouveau Style Book of Alphonse Mucha by Alphonse Marie Mucha Available through Amazon.com  (Paperback – Oct. 1, 1980)

4 Responses to “Inspired by the Art Nouveau Style of Alphonse Mucha”

  1. Shelby Friml August 20, 2019 9:03 am
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    Greetings…after many years of designing saddles for horses, I’m back to picking up my brushes. How would I get to your class schedule? I have family still in California although I am in the east…could be a double reason for a visit. Many thanks in advance, Shelby Friml

  2. Cheryl Feng August 21, 2019 9:29 am
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    Thank you Jeannie. This is so helpful and inspirational.

  3. Jeannie August 25, 2019 6:05 am
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    Hi Shelby, Sounds like you had an interesting career!
    You can simply click on my “Class Schedule” here on my website. http://www.jeannievodden.com/classes-events/
    I haven’t started adding workshops for 2020 yet, but I will. Hopefully you can find a date that will work for you. 🙂

  4. Jeannie August 25, 2019 6:05 am
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    So glad Cheryl! 🙂

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