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Digital Resource of the Week: the Mucha Foundation

 

Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)
Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)

Alphonse Maria Mucha was a Czech painter in the late 1800s. He is best known for his French Art Nouveau style illustrations for theatrical posters. The Mucha Foundation was established in 1992 and is devoted to teaching and sharing his art.

The Foundation’s website is an excellent source of reading and imagery about Mucha. The Timeline section places Mucha in political and cultural contexts. The Gallery has over 300 works available for online viewing. Browse all the works or by themes. For fun, there are Color Your Own Mucha downloadable pdfs.

There is also an excellent bibliography on Mucha to help you further your research. Learn more about him at the UArts Libraries. Search for his name as a subject and as an author.  Read a biography on Oxford Art Online (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus) and view images in ARTstor (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus).

Digital Resource of the Week: Painting Flowers

With spring in full-bloom, let’s take a look at an interesting collection of how flowers are depicted in painting. The BBC created a website to accompany a television show called Painting Flowers. This site follows the layout of the show by focusing on four flowers often used in paintings: the sunflower, the lily, the tulip and the rose. Besides viewing paintings by the type of flower incorporated, you can compare uses through themes such as love and beauty or death (what a contrast!). A small section on contemporary artists show how flowers are still being used as inspiration.

As always, see more examples by searching the UArts Libraries’ catalog. Search by subject for flowers in art. Below are two artistic interpretations of the tulip. Enjoy!

Flowers in a Glass Vase by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
Flowers in a Glass Vase by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
Pollen by Rob Kesseler
Pollen by Rob Kesseler