Alphonse Mucha is a famous Czech painter who was a big part of the Art Nouveau group of artists that were prominent around the late 19th century. This article covers the best Mucha paintings and looks into his innovative style that still proves popular today, some 100 years later. Most artists such as Vincent van Gogh or Claude Monet who produced similarly impressive art around the same time as Mucha are well remembered for a small selection of works that most mainstream art fans know best. Alphonse Mucha differs in that he is better known for his overall style rather than specific works and this underlines how he kept a high level of consistency with in his posters for an extended period.
Mucha created paintings along familiar themes which offered him a template from which to use his normal illustrative style that would normally feature a full length portrait of a classically dressed woman. Famous paintings from Alphonse Mucha included Night, Evening, Job, Summer, Music, Bieres de la Meuse, Hiver and Princess Hyacinth. Mucha himself used many different models for his different paintings and would regularly return to his favourite ones, as seen with so many other artists who commonly hold strong relationships with some of the women that they cover with in their work. Alphonse Mucha also liked to produce several series of works and would place several portraits together in one single piece, as seen in his seasons series for example where he captured Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter together and used the topic to compare the different effects of weather and climate on the lighting and colour of each of his beautifully painted portraits.
We can conclude that Mucha paintings and illustrative prints are amongst the most important within European art at around the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Mucha's reputation was considerable within the artistic melting pot of Paris, France where his posters could be seen everywhere and were immediately recognisable as his own. Few artists are as well known with in the sphere of contemporary poster art as Mucha, perhaps only Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec can rival him in this aspect.