alphonse mucha: dance

This painting is a prime example from of my favorite movements, Art Nouveau, which I first enjoyed through the illustrations of John R. Neill, who did for the early editions of the Oz books.  Art Nouveau was popular from the 1890s till around 1912.

This is “Dance” (1898) by the progenitor of this art form – Alphonse Marie Mucha. He used it mostly for commercial purposes such as product advertising and theater posters, the latter for the great actress Sarah Bernhardt.

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