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.
Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Arthur B. Carles to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!
Arthur Beecher Carles was an American artist who lived from 1882-1952. He attended and eventually taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts here in Philadelphia, where he began his start as a well-received Modernist painter.
He is known for his use of bright colors and painterly style. As his work progressed, he began to add elements of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism while he moved away from more traditional subject matters.
If you would like to see more work by Carles, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
Visual Resources recently added works by British artist Edward Burra to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!
Edward Burra was a British artist who lived from 1905-1976. The height of his popularity occurred in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. Burra drew inspiration from Dada and Surrealism, which is clear in his work.
Over the course of his career, his paintings’ subject matters and styles changed, making him more closely related to British Modernism.
His art includes everything from landscapes to political pieces to caricatures.
He worked primarily in England, but also traveled to Spain, which is where his art took on darker and more political themes.
If you would like to see more works by Burra, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.
This book is a beautiful exploration of Kelly’s plant drawings from the last 60 years. He distills the visible world into simplified, abstracted forms that are delicate and, at the same time, quite powerful.
He says about his work: “I want to point out the negative space between the curves. Through my drawings I have learned that negative space is just as powerful as the space of the object; that you have to always think about it.”
This is a joyful and meditative body of work that takes the viewer to a place of quiet contemplation and deep reverence for natural forms.