Made for Poster House’s inaugural exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme, this black canvas tote bag features our Poster House logo alongside a design from Alphonse Mucha’s poster for Médée (1898) starring Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha’s depictions of Bernhardt launched his career, making her one of the most influential people in his professional life.
Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was born in Moravia, in the present-day Czech Republic. He went to Paris in 1887 to work as an artist and illustrator and found 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 worldwide, with his lush images—featuring beautiful, modern women—being used for every imaginable purpose. While styles in advertising and design have changed many times since the height of Mucha’s popularity, we continue to see his famous illustrations used every day.