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Alphonse Mucha Alphonse Mucha was born in 1860 at Ivancice in Southern Moravia Czechoslovakia He lived in Paris from 1887 on that is where most of his work was recognized as an illustrator Muchas major breakthrough in the world of art and international fame was in 1984 with his poster of the actress Sarah Bernhardt Mucha used her on numerous posters Alphonse Mucha was known for his posters and art work of women and commercial posters with women His work was always precise and always had a frame along with a touch of delicacy as well as soft colors Before Muchas fame he had tried unsuccessfully to apply for the Prague academy of Fine Arts he then moved on to taking drawing classes in the evening while working with a theater props firm in Vienna Mucha later on meets Count Khuen-Belassi who became his patron Mucha was commissioned to do restoration work on murals at the Emmahof palace Alphonse Mucha eventually gets accepted to art school in Munich then Paris where he stays It was in Paris that Mucha was assigned to do a poster of Berndhardt were he was so successful he was assigned a six year contract with the actress He designed her costumes jewelry stage decorations and printed posters Mucha is given his first exhibition at the Paris Gallery La Bodiniere by the Journal des Artistes his second exhibition displayed over 400 works of his famous works Mucha specializes in decorative prints poster art calendars and more he is in the Art Nouveau branch Mucha was once friends with Auguste Rodin where he travels with him throughout Czechoslovakia As Mucha became more popular he was invited to the USA where he later taught Alphonse Mucha did eventually get married in 1906 to Marie Chtilova whom he had met in Paris They then move back to Prague where they settle down and Mucha dedicates his art at the service of Slavic history
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