The museum is bright. That was the first thing I noticed. The second was that it was small. I was instantly disappointed, hoping to spend my entire day with Mucha. But as I began to walk through the museum, I realized my stay would be much longer. His many portraits and advertisements of unknown women and the famed Sarah Bernhardt, which I had only seen as small posters and postcards, are actually enormous, larger-than-life paintings.
I never realized how deep his art was. It is so much more than pretty girls in flowing dresses. You truly see what a master he is after standing next to his painting of Medea . You can see the horror in her eyes as she stands over her slain children. It was not art, it was real life.
They also have a collection of the photographs he took of his models posing in his studio in their togas, the clutter of an artist's workspace crowding behind them. There was also a beautiful painting he did of a snowy night.
If you are a Mucha fan, you absolutely cannot miss this beautiful collection. Make sure to stop by the gift shop, too. They have a huge collection of Mucha postcards, which make great collages to hang on the wall. They also have a lot on unusual Mucha-esque gifts. Even if you have never heard of Mucha (which is impossible if you spend even a day in Prague), I encourage you to see this. It is a lovely way to spend a quiet afternoon not fighting tourists.
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Prague, Czech Republic
November 16, 2009
by Krys T
Somerset, United Kingdom
April 13, 2005
From journal Prague to Perfection
March 19, 2005
He designed the front of the Municipal House and some of the windows in St. Vitus's cathedral, and we were lucky enough to purchase some lithographs before we left Prague. We are forever changed by the experience.
From journal Magical, Mystical Prague!
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
February 15, 2005
From journal My Heart, My Prague
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
July 12, 2004
There are fascinating photographs of the artist's life (including a photograph of Paul Gauguin at the piano sans trousers) and a thirty-minute documentary of Mucha's life.
The (almost mandatory) retail opportunity is not particularly cheap (100kc for a
fridge magnet - 350Kc for a mouse mat, up to £100 (yes, a hundred POUNDS) for a silk scarf), but the quality far exceeds the marketplace tourist tat.
From journal Prague Revisited
July 18, 2001
From journal Prague for Pennies
Sea Girt, New Jersey
December 11, 2000
Admission was fairly expensive by Czech standards - about $6 - however, we felt that our visit was worth much more.
From journal Prague - Truly the Jewel of Europe