Tune In to a Bewitching Art Deco Belle

Take an audio tour of Alphonse Mucha's 'Femme animee en fleur'

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La Femme Animee en Fleur by Alphonse MuchaVirginia Museum of Fine Arts

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A bewitching and graceful nymph, sinuous and caught in evocative gestures: we’re looking at one of Alphonse Mucha’s women, iconic artist of art nouveau. This late eighteen-hundreds style trend conceives art as decoration, stripped of ideological backgrounds.

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Observe the drapery of the dress: it’s the result of large color fields and very thin shading, which creates a sense of flatness. These details attenuate the body’s volume, giving birth to a light and floating-looking female figure.

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Stylized strokes and thick black outlines recall medieval stained glass windows and Japanese prints, important sources of inspiration for art nouveau.

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The circle in the background communicates an idea of completeness and perfection, while the rose blossoms are again an iconographic reference to Japanese art, but not only that...

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This young lady, whose magnetic eyes catch our gaze, is the personification of a rose, one of a series of four lithographs of girls associated with a flower.

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