Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.
I was invited to the opening of the new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty, yesterday evening. I’d never heard of Mucha until I got the invitation from the Sainsbury Centre a month ago: I adored the painting they’d joined in the email and was intrigued so I looked for more on Google… I was absolutely stunned by the true beauty of the women he drew and painted and by Mucha’s pieces in general. The way in which he depicts women — the woman as the muse — and his use of pastel colour seemed surreal and too beautiful to be true to me. I instantly fell in love with this artist.
Before the exhibition opened and after the wine, an introductory speech was given about Mucha, his legacy and the importance he gave to beauty in art. His grandson was there to talk about his foundation, the Mucha Foundation, which aims to preserve and promote the work of the artist.
Alphonse Mucha and “le style Mucha” became the central figure of the Art Nouveau Style at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. This exhibition focuses on drawings, photographs, and advertising posters he made — particularly the famous ones designed for actress Sarah Bernhardt. All of these pieces explore and celebrate beauty as a philosophy supposed to improve the quality of people’s lives.
The exhibition is divided into several parts, each of them highlighting one aspect or theme of his career, and I loved the fact that they had explanations for each theme! Everything made more sense thanks to them. I really recommend this exhibition as I believe everybody will find it wonderful! Mucha’s work is so relaxing to look at. The exhibition is on until the end of March 2016.
Here are my favourite pieces that I saw yesterday evening! They are much more impressive in real.