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Mucha-the moon and the starsThe Moon and the Stars series (1902)

The evening star, The moon, The morning star, The polar star

In this series of decorative panels, Mucha again chose to personify the stars as female figures. This time, however, he sought to surpass the panels’ decorative function by exploring the deeper meaning of his subjects. The women are no longer confined to ornate crescents and alcoves, but instead float in space and are illuminated by a light radiating from within the composition. Their poses are meditative and dramatic rather than sensual. In all four panels, Mucha demonstrates great skill in rendering the texture and sheen of rich textiles. (www.muchafoundation.org)

Mucha-the moon and the stars-evening star Mucha-the moon and the stars-moon Mucha-the moon and the stars-morning stars Mucha-the moon and the stars-polar star

One good article about this litographs series: http://treygivens.com/?p=38

Images sources: http://www.muchafoundation.org, http://www.museumsyndicate.com