Alphonse Mucha — North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

My friend Michael introduced me to the art of Alphonse Mucha when I lived in London in the early 1970s.  Mucha, a Czech illustrator and graphic artist, lived in Paris and was known for his stylized Art Nouveau posters.

I hadn’t seen much of his work since then.  So, when we arrived at the North Carolina Museum of Art and there was a sign for an exhibition of his work, we headed there.

His lithographs are flowing and distinctive, with a color palette that draws me in and dark outlines where he wants the viewer to focus.

The exhibition was massive and compelling.