Hello my little blooms from the Imaginary Garden. Today I want to celebrate the art of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). Czech it out, Mucha was born in Moravia, about which I know next to nothing, but I like to think that, in his day, the place was alive with Gypsys and beautiful half-swooning women.
His style is called Art Nouveau, and during his lifetime, his art often graced advertisements and show posters. Today, after a century and more, it still is.
Although not all his paintings are in his famous style, he is best known for his 19th century beauties, reclining in natural or mythic settings, with their long hair putting modern volumizers to shame.
What I'd like for you to do is to write a poem inspired by any of these works by Mucha, or any other you care to use, as long as it's a Mucha. His art can be found easily by searching "Mucha art" at Google images or any other browser. Then post your poem, link back here to this post and sign the linky so that we can all come and see what you've written! Have fun! I'm going to leave old Alphonse himself here to watch over things.
One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.