Alphonse Mucha, Breaking and the New York City Breakers, _Everyday Problems, American Impressionism, and The Restless Decade

IN THE “AGE OF THE COLLECTOR” everything is fair game, and Alphonse Mucha’s art nouveau posters and panels prove no exception. It was only a matter of time before a book devoted to his graphic work was published. If you’re a member of the Alphonse Mucha Fan Club, an avid collector of his work, or a lover of ingratiating, middlebrow, fin de siècle symbolism, then this may just be the right book. It attempts to be a definitive catalogue of Mucha’s work; every known poster, panel, and variant is reproduced. Many of the reproductions are given a full page. Dimensions, publisher, and date are listed, along with a brief description and history in English, French, and German. Being fans, as the authors are, is clearly a serious business. The anecdotal biography swings between the insipid and the dumb: “As is true of every artist, Mucha’s life shaped his art.” The reason Mucha could produce so

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