The Art of Mucha

sweeps across the page

curves across the page

lines of beauty
drawn out on the page

vague suggestion
of obsession
image fades.

An ekphrastic poem  in response to the art nouveau paintings of  the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). for



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18 Responses to The Art of Mucha

  1. Must’ve been away when you wrote this one Viv. I love Mucha.

  2. Mr. Walker says:

    Lovely representation and commentary on the artwork. Bonus points for “adumbrated”.


  3. markwindham says:

    excellent, all the right adjectives, put together well, and then the kick at the end.

  4. Oh, I like the image you picked, Viv, it is very concentric with all of those repeating circles your words really suit it with the pattern and repetition! I enjoyed this, thank you!

  5. Mary says:

    Kudos for you for accomplishing this prompt so well!

  6. coalblack says:

    Cool! Thanks for participating!

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    An unusual poem from you, Viv. I like it very much. Hope we see more like this.

  8. julespaige says:

    Thank you for reminding me about ‘withrealtoads’ I’ve had a busy week…
    I do like this style of art and your verse is complimentary!

  9. “sweeps across the page” and “curves across the page” describe this picture perfectly, Viv.

  10. shanyns says:

    This is really well crafted!

  11. Phew! I love the single word lines – they seem to encapsulate the energy of Mucha’s work. Add to that the word ‘adumbrated’ – that’s not one you see used often in poetry. The point you make about obsession is noted – perhaps every artist knows the taste of that, in different measure.

  12. She does look exotic, sensual and fluid. Lovely interpretation of the picture Viv.

  13. Misky says:

    Clever interpretation of that lovely picture, Viv

  14. A perfect match, words and image. Good one, Viv…….

  15. Patti says:

    You’ve captured Mucha with your words, Viv. Love the final verse.

  16. Mama Zen says:

    Fantastic! That last stanza really nails it.

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