Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

October 13, 2019–January 19, 2020
There will be a $5 surcharge for this exhibition. Members see it for free!

The expressive and seductive work of Alphonse Mucha, characterized by his portrayals of elegant women and elaborate use of color and ornament, played a prominent role in shaping the aesthetics of the decorative style known as French Art Nouveau.

This exhibition presents over 70 works that range from rare original lithographs, drawings, and books to portfolios and ephemera. Due in part to the highly advanced reproduction techniques of his time, Mucha’s work reached an extremely broad public and attained enormous popularity. His compositions were so alluring that they became known as the “Style Mucha,” and embodied much of the artistic decorative endeavors around the turn of the 20th century.

The exhibition and museum tour was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles. At the Memorial Art Gallery, the exhibition is presented by Dr. Dawn F. Lipson, with additional support from Allen C. and Joyce Boucher and the Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation. Funding is also provided by Walter B. D. Hickey, Jr., the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, Marcia Lowry, Gary and Karen Neems, and Joanne Hume-Nigro and Ron Nigro.

shown: Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda (detail) 1894 | Read the press release (PDF)