Alphonse Maria Mucha

Natural Beauty

At the time of Alphonse Mucha’s birth in present day Czech Republic, the struggle for independence from the Hapsburg Empire was reaching a boiling point. The people in this region had a strong nationalist consciousness and were fighting for greater political and cultural freedom. The heavily political atmosphere in which Mucha grew up continued to influence his work throughout his career.
Alphonse Maria Mucha, textile design, drawing, flowers, Art Nouveau, C.G. Forrer

Velvet Lady

“Femme à Marguerite” or “Woman with a Daisy” was designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha, a fin-de-siecle artist perhaps most famous for his works on paper. Mucha was born in Moravia in 1860 and died in Czechoslovakia in 1939, however like a majority of his works, this fabric was designed in France around the turn of the 19th century at the height of his career and the height of the Art Nouveau period.
Art Nouveau, Alphonse Maria Mucha