View Full Version : Ladies by Art Nouveau painter, Mucha. Oct-Nov 2010

10-01-2010, 08:48 AM
Hi all!!:wave:


Welcome to our project on Alphonse Mucha, well-known art nouveau painter. This will be a 2-month project.

To do list:

1. Make a copy of your favourite Mucha artwork
2. Do a lady in the style of Mucha, but your own design
3. Do any other image inspired by the Art Nouveau style.

Use any medium. Post your work in this thread for others to view!!

I hope you will enjoy this project.

To follow...some links and information on the artist. Please add any information or links to the thread when you find them.

Let's do art nouveau!!! :thumbsup:

10-01-2010, 08:53 AM
Mucha, Czech painter, 1860-1939.

Information from wikipedia

Mucha moved to Paris in 1887, and studied at Academie Julian. In addition to his studies, he worked at producing magazine and advertising illustrations. Around Christmas 1894, Mucha happened to drop into a print shop where there was a sudden and unexpected need for a new advertising poster for a play starring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in Paris. Mucha volunteered to produce a poster within two weeks, and on 1 January 1895, the advertisement for the play Gismonda appeared on the streets of the city. It was an overnight sensation and announced the new artistic style and its creator to the citizens of Paris. Bernhardt was so satisfied with the success of this first poster that she entered into a 6 year contract with Mucha.

Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau.

Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful, strong young women in flowing robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed haloes behind the women's heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Mucha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_Mucha)

http://www.muchafoundation.org/MHome.aspx (http://www.muchafoundation.org/MHome.aspx)

http://www.abcgallery.com/M/mucha/mucha.html (http://www.abcgallery.com/M/mucha/mucha.html)

http://mucha.tyden.cz/index.phtml?S=home&Lang=EN (http://mucha.tyden.cz/index.phtml?S=home&Lang=EN)


10-01-2010, 08:55 AM


You will find lots more images on the links mentioned above.

I am looking forward to seeing your artworks in art nouveau style.:clap:

10-01-2010, 01:09 PM
yipee, these images are soooo familar it will be fun to imitate them

10-01-2010, 09:51 PM
Beautiful images and style. Love it. Never tried this before so will certainly be a challenge. Will check out the links for something to start with.

10-02-2010, 02:58 PM
Painted this almost 2 years ago after a wonderful Mucha exhibit in Barcelona.


10-02-2010, 08:11 PM
Lawrence- love the orange and green- great copy, just great

10-02-2010, 08:27 PM
Great job Lawrence, that hair is awesome.

10-03-2010, 01:20 AM
A wonderful study of Mucha, Lawrence. Bright and lively! I'd love to see some of his work IRL.

10-03-2010, 07:06 AM

Pen and watercolour study (8 by 12 ins) of a Mucha poster. La Danse.

10-04-2010, 07:23 AM
Oh June that is lovely. the freehand really is nice. Good job on the body porportions and tension!

10-04-2010, 03:59 PM
Thanks Robin, Jacqui, June.

June, that's a sweet Mucha.

Here's one inspired by the hair.


10-04-2010, 04:15 PM
June, soft with a lovely flow....and LG, red haired and gorgeous and dark haired and impish. Nice work. The Mucha women are on the go. :heart:

10-05-2010, 01:40 AM
Hi Lawrence. Lovely dark-haired beauty!!

10-09-2010, 02:42 PM
Well, of course this one is way too tempting to resist. I will do a study of a more traditional lady of his, the painting called "The artist".

Admire your patience, LG and June, painting all those details of their remarkable hair and clothes. Well done. Brb with a first draft of mine I hope... :-)

Btw - all these irresistable paint-and-copy-projects finally made me get some real water-soluble oil colors today. Still not comfortable enough to do a master copy in oil, but maybe eventually.

Thanks a lot for widening the artistic horizon and igniting flames of inspiration upon it through all these great CA projects! :-D

10-10-2010, 11:05 AM
Ok, have begun copying a detail from this beautiful original called The Artist:


Here's the latest WIP (oil brushes and palette knife sizes 100-25%, ArtRage3):


10-10-2010, 01:02 PM
mindbender - oh that is so life like.....I like the contrast in the original of the live artist with the static image she's painted.....says sooo much. I love her expression of self satisfaction too. looking forward to seeing your finish.

Lawrence - she looks impish, does she not. And maybe she is part butterfly? Good fun.

10-10-2010, 02:52 PM
Thanks for your comments Trafford, June, Mindbender, and Robin.

Mindbender, what a beautiful original, and you're doing a good job on it.


10-14-2010, 10:00 AM
Thanks a lot Lawrence. Really like your latest one, especially the subtle nuances in the skin - and the hair of course! :-)

Here's a little update on mine from last night:


10-14-2010, 11:39 AM
Love the new work, Lawrence and mindbender!!

10-14-2010, 04:45 PM
Ta mindbender, ta June. Another one along the line of Mucha.


10-15-2010, 08:24 PM
Lawrence - those eyes are awesome, them with the iconic dimensions are a dynamite duo!

10-31-2010, 12:32 PM
Nice progress, Magnus. LG, especially like the orange girl.

Here is a copy of a Mucha, done for the cover of the periodical Cocorico.
India Ink and Crayon:


Found some beautiful posters that Mucha did for Sarah Bernhardt, but they are so intricate it wold take monthe to copy one. :cool:

11-01-2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks azul, thanks trafford. Those Sarah Bernhardt ones are complicated, as you say, but what about a simplification?

Here's another.


11-09-2010, 09:44 AM
Another lovely lady, Lawrence.

Heres a somber Mucha, a poster for Russian relief:


11-10-2010, 01:07 PM
Hi Trafford, never knew he did any painting along those lines, glad you did that one.


11-10-2010, 04:17 PM
I have a book on Mucha, and I was surprised at all the different kinds of work he did. The beautiful ornate posters and advertisements that we like so much...but also sculpture, designed jewelry, painterly paintings (big ones) and posters for different organizations doing relief work. Even though the one I copied was serious and sad it was bordered with his usual romantic borders. Interesting artist and good looking too. :)

Another yummy red head, Lawrence. :cool:

11-10-2010, 09:07 PM
Janet - the Cocorico copy has interesting textural variation and movement - good expression with hands and face, The Russian relief - I like the way you used the white of the paper, and oh sooo expressive eyes, good job on the child's body language too.

Lawrence- I like the way you have realish stuff with stylized images (face and head/flowers) . The redhead with the seagreen eyes is the same thing too, realish face and stylized hair and clothes. It points out life's dynamic.

You both are inspiring me to get something done for this ....

11-25-2010, 09:46 AM
Here's one.
This was different experience. Usually if I don't particularly like the piece I'm copying after working on it I come to understand and like it alot...but this one the distaste grew.....it just seems so lukewarm.....So I learned something....Mucha is not my cup of tea.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2010/88676-after.JPG

11-25-2010, 10:16 AM
Robin, I think this is a great take on a Mucha. It has a gorgeous lady plus your recognizable wonderful style of drawing. :thumbsup:

11-26-2010, 10:20 AM
I love the new works, Lawrence, Robin and Janet!!

I have a collection of vintage photos downloaded from a site called evint.com and thought of doing one of the ladies in Mucha style, but I haven't got round to it.

11-28-2010, 06:36 AM
Hi again,
soon November will be over and I won't be able to finish my painted study. But today I decided to do a quick copy of a Mucha drawing instead. Here's my version of "Contemplation": (ArtRage3, pencil and eraser tools - took almost an hour to draw)


11-28-2010, 01:45 PM
Robin, never give up the ship. That one is a good step towards the next one.

mindbender, you can still post your beautiful copy in December or January, they don't lock these threads. Glad to see your "Contemplation."


11-29-2010, 01:48 PM
Thanks, that's good to know.

Beautiful study, that intricate background must have taken you quite a while :-)

03-29-2011, 03:18 PM

04-02-2011, 04:33 PM
Hi Tsarevich, this thread is still open.......you could do one!

04-03-2011, 10:53 PM
Hey, I missed this one Lawrence - very nice - I like how the forms repeat - the upside down U shape made by the cainne teeth shape and then her arms draping over the muzzle.... the serpent is mildly suggestive of it sideways - and the mandala not right in line with the crown of her head is brilliant!!! I would not have even dared of deviating there!! love it!! oh and the olive background is so subtile. oh yes, THE STUFF