This is a beautiful and unique Russian papier mache trinket/jewellery box portraying a lovely LADY. The box measures 14 cm (5 1/2 inches) long, 9.2 cm (3 5/8 inches) wide, 1.8 cm deep. The box is signed with the Artists name.This is a fabulous oil painted picture and the photo dosen't do it justice. Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in the town of Ivanice. Today's region of Czech Republic.
His singing abilities allowed him to continue his education through high school in the Moravian capital of Brno. Even though drawing had been his first love since childhood. He worked at decorative painting jobs in Moravia, mostly painting theatrical scenery, then in 1879 moved to Vienna. To work for a leading Viennese theatrical design company, while informally furthering his artistic education. Hired Mucha to decorate Hruovany Emmahof Castle.
With murals, and was impressed enough that he agreed to sponsor Mucha's formal training at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. In 1887, and continued his studies at Académie Julian.
While also producing magazine and advertising illustrations. Around Christmas 1894, Mucha happened to drop into a print shop where there was a sudden and unexpected demand for a new poster to advertise a play starring Sarah Bernhardt. The most famous actress in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance.
Mucha volunteered to produce a lithographed. Poster within two weeks, and on 1 January 1895, the advertisement for Gismonda.
Appeared on the streets of the city. It was an overnight sensation and announced the new artistic style and its creator to the citizens of Paris.Bernhardt was so satisfied with the success of that first poster that she entered into a 6 years contract with Mucha. Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the Mucha Style. But became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful healthy young women in flowing vaguely Neoclassical.
Looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed haloes. Behind the women's heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used paler pastel colors. The 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris.
Diffused the "Mucha style" internationally. He decorated the Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pavilion and collaborated in the Austrian one. However, this was a style that Mucha attempted to distance himself from throughout his life; he insisted always that, rather than adhering to any fashionable stylistic form, his paintings came purely from within and Czech art.
He declared that art existed only to communicate a spiritual message, and nothing more; hence his frustration at the fame he gained through commercial art. When he wanted always to concentrate on more lofty projects that would ennoble art and his birthplace. A must have for Mucha collector.
It will make a great gift!! The boxes most widely sought after come from one of four small Russian villages.
Special schools have been established at these places where artists train for four years before they become members of each village's art community. Each village also has its unique style. Please leave feedback once you have received the item so that I know it has arrived safely. I will leave feedback in return. We speak French , English , German and Russian.Smoke & Pet Free Item. The item "Russian LACQUER hand painted Shell White BOX REPRODUCTION Mucha Flowers signed" is in sale since Monday, April 18, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectables\Decorative Ornaments & Plates\Boxes & Trinkets". The seller is "tom3burma" and is located in Norwich.
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