In 1790, with the beginning of the National Revival, the Czechs worked to create a Czech state, which required the forming of a national consciousness that did not hitherto exist. The Czech people fashioned this identity using legend and myth and largely by contrasting themselves with their Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as Slav rather than German. This caused them to turn rather to Russia for inspiration and to past figures, such as Jan Hus, and events to serve as models for Czech rebellion and independence.
Keywords: Alphonse Maria, Wilhelm Kray, panneaux décoratifs, Sarah Bernhardt, Serfdom in Russia, The Hotel Central, Art Nouveau buildings,St. Vitus cathedral
[...] one of the strongholds of the Hussite movement, and he participated in the gymnastic and indoctrination exercises of the Society of Sokols, founded in 1862 as part of the pan-Slavic movement to educate the youth in national and democratic ideals. Consequently, from his earliest years he was a fervent Czech and the images of Slavic folk art and costume would later become a recurring feature in his art. Religion, the other force in Mucha's forming years, gave him his first aesthetic experiences in the form of church ritual and music. He sang as a choirboy at the Baroque cathedral of St. [...]
[...] Vitus cathedral The Hotel Central: one of the many famous Art Nouveau buildings in Prague The jewel of Art Nouveau in Prague: The Municipal House Bibliography “Alphonse Maria Mucha.” Masonic Biographies. Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon Sept
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[...] That said, it is true that the paintings themselves lack the effortless elegance of his purely “commercial as if in trying to hard to communicate a message, Mucha lost part of his artistic vision. Alphonse Mucha may have felt most fulfilled when working in the service of the Czech people, but his real triumph was that he gave birth to a new art form which, though for a short period, was incorporated into the emerging national identities, including that of Czechoslovakia. [...]
[...] The job came to Mucha by chance, for on Christmas Day Bernhardt called the printing company Lemercier where he worked demanding a new design for the poster by New Year's Day. The task would normally have fallen to his colleague Brunhoff, but as he was on vacation, Mucha was given the charge and so he went to see the play that night. The Byzantine setting and Gregorian chants recalled Mucha's childhood influences, and thus inspired, he created the revolutionary design that threw all of Paris in a frenzy. [...]
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