Friday Favorite

Music by Alphonse Mucha

Though Alphonse Mucha is more than capable of using value to describe form as seen by clicking here, in many of his illustrations he chooses not to. He uses color and value contrast within the work itself, but not to describe the volume of form or to describe the volume of the form very minimally. Instead he relies on gesture and line. This is a wonderful example of how much can be accomplished even while using fewer values.

He uses beautiful lines that alternate between straight geometric and curves adding variety and interest throughout. Mucha’s work always has a beautiful feeling of rhythm and flow.

Many of his paintings of women remind me of nature and the moon goddesses. The shape she sits on resembles a full moon framed by a crescent moon overhead. Further back receding in space, there is another glowing moon.

According to WikiPaintings, Mucha was a musician himself and “chose to personify music as a woman with both hands raised to her ears listening to a chorus of nightingales, the most creative and spontaneous of songbirds.”

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