His first success caught him up in Paris, the capital of fashion and arts.
Inspired by the performance of the incomparable Sarah Bernhardt, he created
a poster for "Gismonda", where she starred. The great actress admired
that work and ordered additional copies, because the Parisians also liked it
very much and readily took posters home for keeping as souvenirs.
Mucha's ornamental talent was many-sided and in big demand. He makes drawings
for advertising champagne, chocolate, various household goods, thanks to which
all those products are bought, sometimes only for getting a label...
Mucha's style is recognized at once. The main character of his works is the
Woman, seductive and mysterious Slav woman, in whom the whole quintessence of
femininity is concentrated. In Mucha's opinion, the Woman represents all beauty
that can be found on the Earth. Praising the Woman, Mucha personified her with
constantly changing nature, with amazing flowers and precious gems. That was
how the series "Seasons of the Year", "Months", "Times
of the Day" and "Precious Gems" appeared. Glorifying the Woman
in his works, the artist involuntary invites the audience to admire her as
well. Once, when the modernist style was already declining, the artist declared,
"Mucha will come back!"
And he surely did...