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Friday, April 27, 2012

Fireblossom Friday #6: Much(a) The Artistic!

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.

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27 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Great prompt, Shay. I love Mucha and have always wanted to be one of his models, except that then I would have died by 1935, so maybe it's best the way it is. My poem will be up a little later, after I take a good look at by the light of day tomorrow.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Another fabulous prompt, Shay. I hope my depleted brain is up to it - but I shall immerse it in Mucha images and hope one takes!

Teresa said...

Great choice! I really enjoyed viewing his work.

Mama Zen said...

These are beautiful!

Margaret said...

Wow... The photo I chose was quite a challenge for someone who doesn't know a thing about flowers and plants... Thanks, Fireblossom! :) I will be back later this evening to comment on these and on finish commenting on the Ellas Edge challenge. Now I'm off to the horse barn :)

vivinfrance said...

This prompt was truly inspiring. I don't know if what I have written could be called poetry, though. I'm not usually a fan of one word lines, but this is how it developed.

Daydreamertoo said...

Such a talented and gifted man. Some wonderful artwork.
Great prompt, thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm in.

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Kay L. Davies said...

Hi Toads — I'm back, and I think I'm back to stay for a while.
This was a fascinating prompt, Shay. I have seen quite a bit of Mucha's art over the years without really knowing anything about the artist. Thanks!
K

Susie Clevenger said...

Mucha's art is beautiful. I went the feminist path with mine...more reaction to the situations of my daughters.

Karen said...

What a delicious prompt! I have always loved Mucha's work.

PattiKen said...

I love Mucha, and when I spotted the expression on his subject in the one I chose, I was off and dancing.

Peggy said...

This was challenging for me and I wrote a couple things I did not really care for before this one kind of materialized while I was doing errands this afternoon. So strange how elements of life mix and materialize in one's life.

haikulovesongs said...

LOVE Mucha! i'll try to get a post done after the grandkids go to bed tonight.

haikulovesongs said...

LOVE Mucha! i'll try to get a post done after the grandkids go to bed tonight.

Ginny Brannan said...

Happened to be scanning the blogs I follow and seeing many had pictures by Alphonse Mucha, soI followed them back here to your site! I have an early poem that his Four Seasons had inspired. Hope you don't mind my sharing it here!

Fireblossom said...

I got around to as many as I could tonight and loved what I read! Toads rule! I will be back Saturday night and Sunday to read the rest.

Marian said...

interesting and i really enjoyed learning more about Mucha, shay, thank you for that. even if i sometimes feel like i'm flunking out of school because image prompts are way challenging for me. i don't think i'm in, but who knows! maybe something will come over the weekend.

PattiKen said...

I have read all the poems linked in here. I enjoyed them all so much. Thank you, Shay, for giving us such an inspiring prompt. The results were as wonderful as the art that inspired them.

Herotomost said...

OK...got something up a little late. but really the first thing I have written from scratch in a week and a half, other than the prose story I posted and pulled. Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

DEZMOND said...

I always loved that style, it is so lovely and lush! Imagine having such work on your windows in painted glass....

Fireblossom said...

You guys are the greatest. What an array of interesting takes! I am pretty sure I got around to every9ne now, but if I inadvertently missed anyone, I hope you'll let me know.

Hannah said...

Hey there everyone!! The verbiage craze has gotten me in a daze this last few days!Smiles sorry I'm so late to join everyone...this is a great prompt, Fireblossom love the artwork!

Mary Mansfield said...

Ok, so I'm definitely a little late to the party this time...what amazing art to choose from for this prompt! Thanks so much :)

Mark Windham said...

VERY late to the party. Oh well, such is life at times, Thanks for the into to Mucha though. Enthralled by his work.

Ella said...

These are gorgeous! I will be done with my A-Z challenge after tomorrow... Then maybe I can stretch my wings and give this prompt a try... Thanks Fireblossom :D

haikulovesongs said...

LOVE Mucha! i'll be back to visit others tonight!

thanks for a FABulous prompt, FB!