Girls of Autumn: Courtesy of Alphonse Mucha, Louis John Rhead and Winslow Homer


Czech Art Nouveau print maker Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) is best remembered for his stylistic images of women. Mucha was committed to bringing art into the daily lives of people by designing posters, advertisements and labels for sundries, as well as jewelry for Sarah Bernhardt. Autumn was a part of his 1896 Seasons series of decorative panels. It shows ripe grapes ready to be picked by the personification of Fall. Another Art Nouveau artist, Louis John Rhead (1857-1926) was an English born American Golden Age illustrator. From a family of Staffordshire potters, Rhead became a well known poster artist as well as an angler. Harper's Bazaar Thanksgiving 1894 cover is one of his many works. Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was an American Realist painter and illustrator primarily known for his land and seascapes. Homer's In Autumn Woods shows a young woman standing under a canopy of fall foliage with fallen leaves as a carpet under her feet.