‘From Mucha to Sendak’: Masterpieces of Illustration, Shenzhen, China – until Sept 11th

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This art exhibition in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, displays more than 200 paintings created by Alphonse Mucha and over 50 artists. Featured artists also include Jules Chéret, André Derain, Rene Gruau, Enid Blyton, Freddy Wittop and Maurice Sendak. The exhibits include watercolor paintings, oil paintings, collages, posters, illustrations, design manuscripts and prints.

Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech painter and illustrator, living in Paris during the Art Nouveau period, best known for his distinctly stylized and decorative theatrical posters. His supple, fluent draftsmanship is used to great effect in his posters featuring women.

His fascination with the sensuous aspects of female beauty — luxuriantly flowing strands of hair, heavy-lidded eyes and full-lipped mouths — as well as his presentation of the female image as ornamental, reveal the influence of the English Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic on Mucha. The sensuous bravura of the draftsmanship, particularly the use of twining, whiplash lines, imparts a refinement to his female figures.

The exhibition is presented across six sections that include artworks such as vintage posters, illustrations by great masters, costume design sketches, fashion illustrations, art nouveau works and picture book illustrations. The exhibits cover various mediums such as watercolor and oil painting, gouache, collages and posters.

The exhibition not only displays artworks but also provides free audio guides, video guides, interactive manuals and art knowledge quests in order to give visitors a better viewing experience.

The exhibition gathers artworks of different schools such as Post Impressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism and Cubism. The renowned work of art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda, is also displayed at the exhibition.

Many interactive scenarios have been created for the exhibition to provide the visitors an immersive experience.

Entrance ticket is 118 yuan (around $17.5)

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