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Wednesday, April 22 • 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Visual Representation of Nationalism: Pan-Slavism through the Lens of Alphonse Mucha

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Known as the originator of “Le Style Mucha” or Art Nouveau as deemed by the French, Alphonse Mucha's lesser known “The Slav Epic” reveals his passion and pride for Slav heritage. Mucha created a visual language through which people understand historical and political events, culminating in his desire to promote a pan-Slavic agenda. “The Slav Epic” received harsh criticism from the intelligentsia of the art world, having been created and finished during the Modernist art movement. This gave way to dialogue that considered the series obsolete and immature. In contrast, the general public found “The Slav Epic” moving, in the end facilitating imagined communities connecting people of Slav heritage. Through the examination of a selection of panels from the twenty in “The Slav Epic,” this thesis will analyze the events and symbols chosen by Alphonse Mucha to portray pan-Slavism.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 3:25pm - 3:45pm
237 Owen Hall