Alphonse Mucha: In the Quest of Beauty
8 October 2016 – 19 February 2017
Exploring the talents of the Czech painter and decorative artist.
Alphonse Mucha was one the leading figures of the Art Nouveau movement, best known for producing highly elegant and incredibly beautiful theatrical and advertising posters.
The exhibition examines how ‘le style Mucha’ evolved, paying particular attention to both the skill and the philosophy that lay behind his designs. Key objects from the museum's own collection also feature, illustrating the interchange of artistic ideas between Scotland and continental Europe.
Zodiac was originally designed as an in-house calendar for the printing company Champenois, featuring all 12 signs on a halo behind an elaborately dressed woman's head. The calendar attracted the attention of Léon Deschamps, chief editor of La Plume, who bought the rights to distribute it with the magazine in 1897. It became one of Mucha's most popular designs and at least nine variants of it are known.