Alphons Mucha - Suicide of Peter of the Vines
This piece doesn’t get a lot of attention in books on Mucha, from what I’ve seen—if it’s there at all. Maybe that’s because it screws with the popular conception of Mucha as fundamentally a draughtsman interested in ornament, rather than a serious painter with a complex system of spiritual and political beliefs who could conjure images of otherworldly wonder:
Humanity in the face of horrific devastation:
and, even in his commercial work, the grip of madness and horror:
It’s easier to copy from Mucha, and to publish books about Mucha, and so on, when we can collectively dumb Mucha down, reduce him to ornament, reduce his work to a style without an ethos grounded in a belief that humanity could strive for beauty and fellowship even in the face of terror, violence, hatred, and inequality.
Pietà, (1498–1499) Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - Ernst Friedrich von Liphart
Edmund J. Sullivan.
La Renommée retenant Pégase, Palais Garnier, Paris. Eugène Louis Lequesne
Madonna and Child - Marianne Stokes, 1908
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