ALPHONSE MUCHA SET OF THREE CERAMIC CYLINDER MUSEUM TEALIGHT CANDLE HOLDERS
Offered here is a set of three museum collectible cylinder tealight candle holders based on adaptations of the famous paintings by Alphonse Mucha. They are made from quality ceramic and are part of the Parastone Museum Collection of noteworthy museum statues, paintings and cultural artifacts.
Includes description card.
Brand new in gift box, ready for gift giving!
"Cowslip/Feather" measures approximately 5.9" tall; "Byzantine Heads 1897-1899" 4.4" tall; "The Arts" 3.25" tall.
Each has a depression in the top to accommodate a tealight (one included with each)
Made In The Netherlands
Young Alphonse Mucha had a beautiful singing voice which enabled him to earn his own secondary school fees in the Moravian capital Brno. However, drawing continued to be his great passion and - aged 19 - he left for Vienna where he worked as an apprentice draughtsman for a studio that designed and decorated theater scenery. Upon his return to Moravin (in what is currently the Czech Republic) his talent was spotted by the wealthy Count Karl Khuen-Belasi, who enabled him to study at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuneste in Munich. Mucha continued his studies in Paris, the Mecca of the art world at the time. He made extra money drawing illustrations for magazines and advertisements. Quite unexpectedly, this proved to be designed on the spot for the play Gismonda starting the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. A few weeks later, Paris was covered in posters and they were stolen en masse. Mucha instantly became the most in demand illustrator of the Belle Epoque. The artist was not entirely happy with the rapid triumph of Art Nouveau in the decorative arts. He kept emphasizing that his art followed his Slavic soul, not some fashionable trend. His inspirations were old religious art, symbolism and Japanese prints with their stylized lines and clear cut structure which had been rediscovered in the 19th Century.
Produced at the height of Mucha's fame in 1898, this series was printed on vellum in an edition of 1000 copies, with an additional 50 limited edition copies printed on satin. Mucha discarded traditional attributes such as musical instruments, paintbrushes and quills. Instead he emphasized the creative inspiration of natural beauty by giving each of the arts a circular backdrop featuring a motif from nature indicating the particular time of day: for Dance falling leaves blown by a morning breeze; for Painting a red flower encircled by rainbows in fresh daylight; for Poetry the evening star shining in the sky at dusk; for music the song of birds at moonrise.
The Mucha Foundation is an independent, non-profit charity devoted to preserving and conserving the Mucha Trust Collection and promoting the work of Alphonse Mucha.
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