Young Alphonse Mucha had a beautiful singing voice which enabled him to earn his own secondary school fees in the Moravian capital Brno.
However, drawing continued to be his great passion and – aged 19 – he left for Vienna where we worked as an apprentice draughtsman for a studio which designed and decorated theatre scenery.
Upon his return to Moravia (in what is currently Czech Republic) his talent was spotted by the wealthy Count Karl Khuen-Belasi, who enabled him to study at the Aademie der Bildenden Künste Munich.
Mucha continued his studies in Paris, the Mecca of art at the time. He made extra money drawing illustrations for magazines and advertisements.
Quite unexpectedly this proved to be his big break. Whilst visiting a printing shop, a poster proved to have to be designed on the spot for the play ‘Gismonda’ starring the legendary Sarah Bernard.
A few weeks later, Paris was covered in posters and they were stolen en masse. Mucha instantly became the most in demand illustrator of the Belle Epoque.
Height = 23 Diameter = 10.5 cms
This vase is part of an art vase collection called ‘Silhouette d’art’ It is crafted from fine ceramic and decorated with a famous masterpiece painting.
Vases are a co-operative effort between two European fine art manufacturers ~ ‘Parastone’, a Dutch Art Company, and ‘John Beswick’ a British ceramic company.
The famous art masterpieces are selected for their visual beauty and then applied to a special shaped vase design with a cut edge to enhance a design element from the painting.
- Weight: 4 kg