THE ART NEWSPAPER | Julia Michalska:
A major legal battle looms over Alphonse Mucha’s monumental Slav Epic. The gigantic canvas cycle, which took the Czech-born Art Nouveau pioneer 18 years to complete, is due to go on a controversial tour to Asia, which has alarmed Mucha’s descendants and some conservators.
The Slav Epic depicts key events in the history of the Slavic people through 20 large paintings—some more than eight-metres tall. It is a rare work on canvas by Mucha (1860-1939) who is best known for his advertising posters and designs that became synonymous with Belle Epoque Paris… Read more
Image: Alphonse Mucha painted the Slav Epic cycle over 18 years (Image: © Hercules Milas / Alamy Stock Photo)