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Alphonse Mucha Posters

Czech, 1860-1930

Alphonse Mucha is acclaimed for his distinctly stylized and decorative Art Nouveau illustrated posters and prints — particularly those depicting beautiful French actress and famous artists’ muse Sarah Bernhardt. His work remains widely loved by everyone from bohemian students to serious collectors. 

Mucha and his contemporaries treated femininity as the antidote to the impersonal, masculine world of the industrial revolution — it was to be celebrated and embraced. He fervently believed that art is a crucial, enjoyable benefit to humankind, and it should be accessible to as many people as possible.

Mucha showed an early talent for drawing. Rejected when he applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1878, he traveled to Vienna — two years later at the age of 19 — and found work painting theater backdrops. After a tragic fire that destroyed the theater that employed him, he returned home and began painting portraits. Count Eduard Khuen Belasi hired Mucha to paint a series of murals for his residence. 

In 1885, the Count sent Mucha to the Munich Academy of Fine Arts — paying his tuition and living expenses. Mucha moved to Paris in 1888 to continue his studies, where he shared a studio with Paul Gauguin. There, he became enamored with the nude female form and allegorical studies. He enjoyed some financial success with magazine illustration work, which led to lucrative book illustration commissions. One of Mucha’s illustrations for the book Scenes and Episodes of German History received a medal of honor at the 1894 Paris Salon of Artists.

In 1894, Mucha began a six-year contract for the acclaimed stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, creating posters for her shows and tours. His first poster was an immediate sensation and cemented his fame in the Art Nouveau poster artist community.

Mucha designed some of the most famous posters of the era — a time when these works were key to the fabric of the cosmopolitan thoroughfare in the French capital. He created advertisements for JOB cigarette papers, Ruinart champagne, Lefèvre-Utile biscuits and Moët-Chandon champagne. Although Mucha is renowned for his posters, he spent the latter half of his life on decorative panel works and Czech nationalist artworks — many of them in the collection at the Mucha Museum in Prague.

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Creator: Alphonse Mucha
Art Nouveau Alphonse Mucha Original JOB Poster, 1898
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in North Bergen, NJ
Alphonse Mucha 1898 JOB poster. Excellent condition with beautiful frame under plexiglass ready to hang. Poster for 'Job' cigarette paper (1898) 'JOB' is a ...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Poster Plate 29
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in blacks and white pigments on ve...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Plate 4
By Alphonse Mucha
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A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in blacks and white pigments on ve...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Poster Plate 7
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A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in red umber and white pigments on...
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Alphonse Mucha Sarah Bernhardt Lefèvre-Utile 1903
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
Mucha, Alfons Maria 1860 - 1939 Lefevre-Utile - Sarah Bernhardt Lithograph 1903 Dimensions: 27.5 x 20 in. (70 x 51 cm) Framed: 28 x 35.5 Inches Printe...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Poster Plate 9
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in blacks and white pigments on ve...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Plate 3
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in blues and white pigments on vel...
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Mucha, Job, Original Art Nouveau Belle Epoque Poster, Gold, Cigarette Paper 1896
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Original Art Nouveau Vintage Poster dating from 1896 by Alphonse Mucha for Job, Cigarette paper. Artist: Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) Tit...
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Alphonse Mucha Figures Decoratives Plate 30
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Located in Dallas, TX
A framed Art Nouveau lithograph collotype poster by Alphone Mucha from 1905 representing the artist’s sketches of nudes, women and beautiful ladies in blues and white pigments on vel...
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Alphonse Mucha Flirt Biscuits Lefevre Utile Poster
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Flirt Biscuits Lefevre Utile. 1899, Lithograph in colors on wove paper. Linen backed. Imp F. Champenois Paris. Measu...
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Mucha, Waverley Cycles, Original Art Nouveau Belle Epoque Vintage Poster, 1898
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Original Art Nouveau Vintage Poster dating from 1898 by Alphonse Mucha. Artist: Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) Title: Waverley Cycles Date: 1898 Size (w x h): 33.9 x 42.9 in / 86 x 109 cm Printer: F. Champenois, 66 Bd St Michel, Paris. Materials and Techniques: Colour lithograph on paper Linen backing: Yes Condition: A (Designates a poster in very good condition. The colours are fresh and there are no or very few paper losses. If there are imperfections they are marginal and imperceptible). Additional Details: « Harry Reynaud, Directeur Général pour la France...
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Alphonse Mucha JOB Original Poster, 1898
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in Dallas, TX
Alphonse Mucha 1898 "JOB" poster. Printed by: “Imp. F Champenois 66 Boul, St Michel, Paris” in 1898 Very good (A-) condition with toning throughout and less under matting. Linen backed with contemporary frame under plexiglass ready to hang. Measures: Poster 61 x 41 inches Frame 63.5 x 45 inches Poster for 'Job' cigarette paper (1898) 'JOB' is a trademark for the Joseph Bardou company, manufacturers of cigarette papers. In this poster, Mucha’s stylised depiction of hair, known at the time as macaroni or vermicelli, is both decorative and sensual. With her curled up toe – a symbol of female sexual arousal – and the raised tip of her cigarette, Mucha produces a sexually charged poster. The clasp which holds the woman’s dress together, based on the Job monogramme, draws the eye of the viewer to her chest. This is a Mucha...
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Mucha, Salon des Cent, Original Art Nouveau Belle Epoque Vintage Poster, 1896
By Alphonse Mucha
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Original Art Nouveau Vintage Poster dating from 1896 by Alphonse Mucha. Poster for the 20th edition of the Salon des Cent in March-April 1...
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Alphonse Mucha Pair of "Byzantine Heads" Lithographs
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Alphonse Mucha posters for sale on 1stDibs.

Alphonse Mucha posters are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of paper and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Alphonse Mucha posters, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original posters by Alphonse Mucha were created in the Art Nouveau style in france during the early 1900s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider posters by Jules Chéret, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Prices for Alphonse Mucha posters can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,100 and can go as high as $84,534, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,500.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Alphonse Mucha was a Czech painter who is one of the originators of the Art Nouveau style. His style of painting and design rose in popularity in 1895 and he produced many works, including illustrations, posters and jewelry designs. Find a variety of Alphonso Mucha art and prints on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Using lithography to create his art, Alphonse Mucha’s posters stylized Art Nouveau theatrical posters. Commissioned by Sarah Bernhardt, she had offered him a contract to create stage and clothing designs, as well as these posters, now lovingly referred to as Mucha posters. You’ll find a collection of Alphonse Mucha’s pieces from many of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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