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Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha's Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism

By Thomas Negovan 
Introduction by Michael Moorcock

In 1899 Alphonse Mucha created an intensely personal series of occult-themed artworks as a love letter to the close of the century and a message of hope to the future. This mystical and non-denominational exploration, titled Le Pater, was both praised and reviled by Mucha's contemporaries as his most controversial and meaningful work.

Published in an edition of 510 copies on December 20, 1899, Mucha called his visionary interpretation of the Lord's Prayer "the thing I have put my soul into."  Now, 120 years later, Le Pater is celebrated as his rarest and most powerful creation.

Le Pater: Alphonse Mucha’s Symbolist Masterpiece and the Lineage of Mysticism offers an unprecedented view of Alphonse Mucha’s Le Pater in a beautiful and dramatic presentation of ultra-clear, high resolution images captured directly from the original 1899 artworks.

Featuring a thorough historical narrative outlining mystical symbolism from Albrecht Dürer and Wiliam Blake to the 19th century occult artworks of the Salon Rose+Croix, the artworks and theories of Jacob Böhme, Robert Fludd, and the Invisible College,  and the codings of sacred geometry and Hermeticism, author Thomas Negovan provides readers with the language necessary to interpret the symbols and imagery of Alphonse Mucha's artworks.

The new paperback edition has been expanded to include a more thorough discussion of the heavily censored Czech edition of Le Pater (including all of Mucha's writings as dramatically adapted for that market), two previously unpublished Mucha drawings with occult themes, and a full-page reprint of an elusive, illustrated 1908 article which corrects information that has been mis-addressed in every Mucha book of the last century!

Paperback
231 Pages
Century Guild, 2019
9 x 12 inches
ISBN 9781947528154
Symbolism, Alphonse Mucha

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