Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939): The Seasons: Autumn and

Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939): The Seasons: Autumn and

7/27/2021, 7:41:30 PM
Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939): The Seasons: Autumn and Winter, 1896, Colour lithograph, 103 x 54 cm, Print Makers: F. Champenois . . The idea of personifying the seasons was nothing new - examples could be found in the works of the Old Masters' as well as in Champenois's other publications. However, Mucha's nymph-like women set against the seasonal views of the countryside breathed new life into the classic theme. Autumn is represented as a playful figure wearing a wreath of chrysanthemums in her long auburn hair. She sits amid a rich tapestry of autumnal plants and gathers grapes from an abundant vine. Draped from head to toe in a pale green cape, the figure of Winter stands next to a snow-capped bush to shelter from the cold. In her hands she warms a small bird as three other birds look on in envy. The simplicity and flatness of the composition is reminiscent of traditional Japanese woodcuts and reveals Mucha's debt to Japanese art. (Mucha Foundation)

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