Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939): Spirit Of Spring 1894, oil9/26/2021, 2:11:07 PM
Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939): Spirit Of Spring 1894, oil, canvas, 41 x 66 cm, Private Collection Mucha’s highly spiritual and moral purpose during his Art Nouveau period is further shown in a small number of works on specifically spiritual topics. The artistry represents him at his best with finely wrought, detailed images and complex, sometimes hidden, geometric systems of symbolism. The Symbolist sensibility that so heavily influenced late 19th century art, including Decorative Art, combined large elements of decadence, pessimism and dislocation. It was alarmed by the the threat to the individual and to cultural traditions posed by science and technology, even while it adopted the new means that they provided for artistic expression. There stood Mucha and his irrepressible optimism and vitality and the Mucha Woman who, nearly alone among the representatives of female figures of the period, is neither demonic nor dissipated. Her glow of happiness and the hint of some hidden message, her suspension between this world and another, the integration in her person of Madonna and Venus, express a unique and joyous intuition.