Artist profile: Mucha – 3D works

Every month, I profile an artist who inspires my own art,
in several segments.


Alphonse Mucha’s friends (including Rodin) encouraged him to experiment with three-dimensional media. He produced works in bronze and worked closely with famous jeweler Georges Fouquet. As I mentioned before, he also designed actress Sarah Bernhardt’s jewelry and costumes, but I haven’t been able to find any confirmed visuals of those items.

The first photo I will share with you is of the reconstructed interior of George Fouquet’s jewelry boutique on the Rue Royale in Paris.

reconstructed interior of Fouquet's boutique (1900)
reconstructed interior of Fouquet’s boutique (1900)

Amazing! Mucha intended the store’s appearance to complement Fouquet’s jewelry, but I don’t think I’d have eyes for jewelry in a place like that. Mucha’s decor was in the shop from 1901 to 1923, when it was dismantled in favor of a more modern look. But have no fear – Fouquet gave all of the pieces to the Musée Carnavalet, which put them back together in 1989.
sketch for Fouquet's boutique (1900)
sketch for Fouquet’s boutique (1900)

Speaking of jewelry, Mucha designed the Peacock Ring below and Fouquet produced it. The ring, made of gold and opal, was shown in the Paris Exhibition in 1900.
the Peacock Ring (1900)
the Peacock Ring, made by George Fouquet after Mucha’s design (1900)

These sketches are for jewelry, pins, and a comb that appeared in Mucha’s design book, Documents décoratifs. The pendant in the center has a typical Mucha lady on it that would probably have been executed in ceramic. I don’t know if these designs were ever produced, though.
Documents décoratifs: final study for Plate 49 (1901-02)
Documents décoratifs: final study for Plate 49 (1901-02)

La Nature is a bust made of bronze with amethyst stones. I’m not sure if Mucha made the item himself or had it made from his design.
La Nature (1899-1900)
La Nature (1899-1900)

The last 3D work for today is also bronze. It’s the earliest-dated sculpture I found and is different from the others – less refined and less stylized. It resembles the works of Rodin, who may have mentored Mucha when he started his foray into sculpture.
Nude on a Rock (1898-99)
Nude on a Rock (1898-99)

Other parts in the Alphonse Mucha artist profile series
Theatre and advertisements
Art Posters
The Slav Epic



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