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Favorite Artist Friday

Art Nouveau is one of my favorite art styles.  It just encompasses so many things.  I mean, it wasn’t just paintings.  It was everything.  Furniture, architecture, advertisements.  EVERYTHING made beautiful.  Even hair brushes.

 

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Honestly.  Who makes hair brushes that pretty now?  Maybe it’s a little bourgeois (am I using this word right?).  It’s fairly excessive.  And obviously, I love it.  I want everything to be beautiful.  Why shouldn’t it be?

 

Common theme, I think nature is beautiful.  Art Nouveau totally borrows from nature, like all over the place.

 

Alphonse Mucha.  Alphonse Mucha.  I love his stuff so much.  I have seen so many people copy his style.  AND I LOVE THEIR STUFF TOO!!!  It’s just so pretty.  The curves and the color.  I don’t care if it means anything or not.  It’s just beautiful and I like to stare at it.  That can be a thing, right?

 

I bought this poster at a college poster sale my freshman or sophomore year.  It hung over my bed until I graduated.  I had never heard of Mucha before.  I was immediately in love.

 

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http://www.alphonsemucha.org/

 

 

I just found that website while looking for pictures AND APPARENTLY YOU CAN BUY PRINTS OF ALL OF HIS WORK AND I’M CRYING.  Obviously, I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list.

 

Just…look:

 

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And if I had a library, I’d totally put as much of the Slav Epic throughout the room.

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Also, shout out to Wikipedia for making it super easy to reference back to the picture’s source:  HERE!!!

 

I want to end this on a happy note because I love his art work so much.  But, even though he lived to the ripe old age of 78, people thought his work was outdated.  Also, he died from a lung infection after being interrogated by the Gestapo.

 

Happy note?  Look at this awesome drawing of his daughter (got a bit of a teenaged glare going there, like “ugh, dad, stop drawing me.”):

 

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Source

-Smudged

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