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World renowned artist/painter Alphonse Mucha was born in the Czech Republic in 1860. At the early age of 17, Mucha resolves to become a professional painter and set outs to begin his art studies in Munich. Mucha moved to Paris in the late 1800s, continuing his studies and becoming very successful producing magazine and advertising illustrations. It was about 1895 that Mucha produced posters for plays catapulting his success. He produced a flurry of posters, advertisements, paintings and book illustrations. Mucha also designed wallpaper, jewelry, and even theatre sets.
The "Mucha Style" became known as Art Nouveau which is French for new art. The Art Nouveau period was most famous from 1890 - 1910.
Mucha moved to Prague continuing with his brilliant art decorating landmarks around the city with murals. When Czechoslovakia gained its independence, Mucha designed new postage stamps, banknotes, and government documents. He continued his art through to 1939 when he passed.
Alphonse Mucha was best known for his art of beautiful women which will be portrayed in this coin series.
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Anonymous Mint along with Coin Designer Julie Lindquist is proud to announce The Mucha Collection releasing in 2017. This six coin series will feature the artwork of the great Alphonse Mucha, Father of the Art Nouveau period.
This stunning collection will be available in both one ounce and five ounce .999 silver coins in both Proof and Antique and Colorized finish. All coins will be numbered with a matching numbered certificate. Mintages will be extremely limited.
The Mucha Collection coin series has been authorized by The Mucha Foundation - please check them out at MUCHAFOUNDATION.ORG
The Mucha Collection’s fifth coin in the series is Ivy which was completed in 1901. The piece was produced for the dancer, Lygie, and may have been inspired by her. The design displays the profiled bust of a woman. Her hair is adorned and intertwined with ivy, while a single rosebud is placed on her bosom. The intricate design element that backgrounds the balance of the piece contains an arrow and flower motif.
The Mucha Collection’s sixth coin in the series is Laurel which was completed in 1901. Laurel is a companion piece to Ivy. Originally Laurel was designed as a glass panel for the interior of an upscale Parisian jewelry store, Boutique Fouquet. Later the panel was used as a calendar for a signage company. The art displays a beautifully profiled bust of a woman with her eyes slightly lowered. Ribbon and laurel leaves adorn her hair while she is backgrounded by a detailed mosaic halo.
The Mucha Collection’s fourth coin in the series is Champagne White Star. Alphonse Mucha worked with a very prominent champagne company producing catalogues, postcards and posters. In 1899 for their lighter champagne, he produced the poster Champagne White Star. The piece portrays a sensual blonde in a pink dress baring her shoulders and holding a bowl of grapes. The beautiful woman is surrounded by grape vines.
Second in the six coin series is Dance. Dance displays a sinuous figure of a female with long auburn hair swaying in the autumn breeze while leaves fall gently around her. Flowers and decorations adorn her hair and her figure is encircled in a beautiful motif. The piece was originally done in pencil and water color, and then later released as a color lithograph.
Third in the six coin series is Rose. Having been completed by Alphonse Mucha in 1898, the original water color was made as a personification of the rose flower. The piece depicts a beautiful woman with roses adorning her upswept hair. Delicately holding a full bloomed rose in each of her hands, the woman stares serenely straight ahead. The naturalistic background of flowering rose vines surrounds the woman.
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First in the six coin series will be "JOB", one of Alphonse Mucha's most popular works. JOB was completed in 1896 and was Mucha's best known advertising poster. The poster established the iconic image of the "Mucha Woman" with swirls of abundant hair. JOB is the trademark for the Joseph Bardou Company, manufacturers of cigarette paper. The piece features a woman holding a lighted cigarette with the smoke rising, intertwining with her hair and the company logo.
Sculpt by Master Sculptor Luigi Badia