The Exhibition Celebrating Mucha, the Art Nouveau Master

The Exhibition Celebrating Mucha, the Art Nouveau Master

The latest exhibition at the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence celebrates Alphonse Mucha, master of the Art Nouveau genre.

The visual language of this prolific visionary artist is so iconic that his images have reached that point in popular culture where they are instantly recognisable. But what do we know about the creator?

In his lifetime Alphonse Mucha revolutionised aesthetics across different disciplines, from posters and advertising to interior décor and the theatre of the Belle Époque.

The stately Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence is devoting its winter exhibition to the great master of Art Nouveau. Through almost 120 works from the Mucha Foundation in Prague, the exhibition highlights the full splendour and evolution of the Mucha style, “where beauty, Art Nouveau, mysticism, symbolism and Slavic identity come together”.

Born in what is now the Czech Republic, Mucha grew up in a Slav province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before moving to Paris in 1887. The exhibition retraces his career, from his development of a political conscience in which the affirmation of the identity of the Slavic peoples played a central role, to the fin-de-siècle mysticism and his providential meeting with the ‘divine’ Sarah Bernhardt as well as his entry into the international scene as a major figure of his time.

Until March 24

For more information and to book your ticket to the exhibition, visit

From France Today Magazine

Lead photo credit : Alphonse Mucha, Rêverie, 1898 © Mucha Trust 2023

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Sylvia Edwards Davis is a writer and correspondent based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals.

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