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This beautiful publication showcases the Ivan Lendl Collection, the most complete collection of Alphonse Mucha in the world.
Lendl was a tennis champion who dominated the field in the 1980s. He was proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage and particularly enamored with the incredible skill and seduction of Mucha. Featuring full color reproductions of Mucha's prints as well as preliminary drawings, this book offers both beautiful imagery and a depth of understanding of the artist that is unrivaled. The Lendl collection also formed the inaugural exhibition at Poster House, Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme
Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) was born in Moravia, in the area currently known as the Czech Republic. He went to Paris in 1887 to work as an artist and illustrator, with modest success. All that changed in 1894 when he met the world famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. His poster designs for her established him as the defining voice of the Art Nouveau period. He went on to become famous world wide, with his lush images featuring beautiful, modern women being used for every imaginable purpose. While popular styles in advertising and design have changed many times since the height of Mucha's popularity, you continue to see his famous illustrations used everyday.