Alphonse Marie Mucha was the most fashionable decorative artist in Paris at the turn of the century, 'Le style Mucha' influenced clothes, colours, interior decoration and even the entrances of the Paris Métro. His panneaux décoratifs and his posters, especially those designed for Sarah Bernhardt, have always been collector's pieces. In an age of great poster artists like Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec, he created a completely new style. His work had both precursors and plagiarists, but his particular combination of draughtsmanship and instinctive ordering of ornament in space was inimitable. In his sympathetic appreciation of his father's life and work, Jiri Mucha traces the career and achievements of his father as an artist and describes the ultimate tragedy of his life. The grace and originality of Mucha's art is illustrated by a comprehensive selection of his work with over 100 black and white and 40 colours and delicate draughtsmanship. Many of the photographs that Mucha took of his models have recently been re-discovered, giving a fascinating glimpse of the raw material that Mucha transmuted in his drawings and paintings. The photographic section of the book is introduced by Dr. Aaron Scharf who places Mucha's photography in the context of his time. And the use that Mucha made of his photographs in the planning of his work is discussed by Marina Henderson in an essay on Mucha and the Camera. -- from dust jacket.