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Prague Museum Acquires Works of Alfons Mucha

Posted: Nov. 27th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Museum of Decorative Arts

A collection of works by Alfons Mucha, a Czech artist born in 1860, will soon be received by Prague's Museum of Decorative Arts from a Swiss donor. Announced last week as the largest acquisition since the 1990's, Mucha is famous for coining the “Mucha Style” of decorative posters and eye-catching advertisements.

The Prague-seated Museum of Decorative Arts will on Thursday acquire a collection of works by Czech art nouveau painter Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) from a Swiss donor, Czech-born Vera Neumannova, the museum spokeswoman Jana Ulipova told CTK Monday.

The museum will present the acquisition, its biggest since 1995, at a press conference on Thursday, Ulipova said.

Mucha lived and worked in France for a large part of his life, becoming famous mainly for his posters, advertisements and illustrations made in a decorative "Mucha style."

The museum's previous biggest acquisition was a part of the Karlstejn treasure, a collection of items linked to the 14th-century Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia Charles IV.

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