21 November 2010

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.


  1. Jill Benton Tardy21 November, 2010 19:24

    Kendra, I just realized that this is your web site blog. That is so cool. Awesome job, and really interesting. XO, Jill

  2. I absolutely adore Mucha. I have his prints all over my guest room and I've been to the Mucha museum in Prague. Fantastic!

  3. I have also visited the Mucha museum in Prague - wonderful! Also remember seeing a small Mucha print tucked away in the corner of the living room at Skywalker Ranch - remember making a mental note that it was the best Art in the house!

  4. It really was the Golden Age of Illustration, i have been encountering more and more 'minor" artists that I had been unaware of. Mucha/Homer of course have a well deserved reputation, but i was unfamiliar with Rheade.
    Thanks as usual, and PLEASE have a lovely thanksgiving!!

  5. Thanks Leonard, I keep coming back to Rhead's work, this is the third image of his that I've posted on P & P. In addition to doing these ethereal works he was an avid fisherman who died of a heart attack after catching a 30 pound tortoise. Have a lovely Thanksgiving also! Best, Kendra


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