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Updated on April 8, 2014

Alfons Maria Mucha ~Self Portrait

Glorious self portrait of Alfons Mucha isn't it? I LOVE the works of Muncha. There is a certain romantic feel about his work that feels so inspirational to me as a woman. I've always been a foo foo girl I guess so the lace like atmosphere of his artwork make me swoon. This lens shares things about Muncha as well as some of my own poetry. Poetry is inspired by the things around me that I find enchanting and I do indeed find Alfons Maria Mucha's work enchanting. Take a look, I am sure you will agree.

Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939)



TURN ON THE MUSIC as you enjoy my lens.

Wearable Art Nouveau

Mucha and Art Nouveau T-shirts!

The reason I love Mucha...


The reason I love Mucha?

Art Nouveau! Ahhh he is/was the MASTER!


I Painted a Dream of Enchanted Faeries Where Flowers Met the Dew


"I Painted a Dream of Enchanted Faeries Where Flowers Met the Dew"

I painted a dream of enchanted faeries

drew out maps to travel to

whimsical angel pictures

where flowers met the dew.

I imagine a mermaids mission

toward the sea past the glen

my satchel is full

of notebooks held past pretend.

I seek whimsical angels

who watch over a babies footprints

keeping eye on the daylight

and the doves mournful relent.

Stay close beside an infants crib

ward off all danger

protecting unsuspecting infants

for a thousand and one years.

No dragons may enter

only song birds allowed

in a butterfly garden

tis a fairies lament rung stout.

Fairies guard the dandelion

and the twinkling stars

lest they fly away without us

and leave our outstretched arms.

Whimsical angel drawings

Another world outside my own

yet I listen so intently

for a land past my home.

Enchanted fairies sing songs

and beacon the moonlight

and if you close your eyes to listen

you'll hear a tender might.

Inspired by a faeries tenderness

attention to a needing land

a fairies flight returns predicted

to a believers outstretched hands.

Swans grow from goslings

birds from eggs

clumsy beginnings yes

lead to mysterious legs.

Bells chime

time to meet a magic maker

holding keys to lands

fore every single mystery partaker.

Amid the trembling roses

who meet a unicorns dream

rest assured a captains roar

will forever sing.

Never worry little princess

for a story of might

a note has been left by a mermaid

for a swan songs undying

and perhaps restless


11 April 2009

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2009

"Poetry" by Mucha

"Poetry" by Mucha
"Poetry" by Mucha

Art Nouveau - Decorating Principles For Your Home By Mark Hostetler

If you are a fan of Alphonse Mucha or the many advertisements featuring scantily clad women on bicycles, you may find that Art Nouveau is the place to go for home design inspiration. Art Nouveau emerged in the 1890s as a counter to the heaviness of the Victorian style that abounded before that time. Art Nouveau was a less cluttered, lighter and freer form of expression in housing interiors.

Stained glass became popular as a design concept. An excellent example of this is the Tiffany lamp, a lamp with a stained glass shade. Stained glass' thicker lines and thinner detail is a common motif in Art Nouveau paintings, where a strong outline is complemented by detail within. While genuine Tiffany lamps are very expensive, there are many companies creating lamps in this style for reasonable prices. Stained glass was popular in other areas, such as window decoration and in mirrors.

Colors are muted, but provide quite a variety of combinations: the sombre greens (sage, olive), mustard yellow and many shades of brown. Pair these colours with various shades of purple and peacock blue.

Browns can be found in the parquet and marquet floors that were in vogue at the time. These were mosaics of wood done in geometric (parquet) or natural shapes (marquet). Walls can be painted in the above colors or papered, preferably with stylized floral motifs that were in vogue. Anything with tendrils will probably integrate easily into the look. Popular motifs are peacocks, pansies, wisteria and any kind of trailing vine. Windows can be hung about with curtains featuring Art Nouveau motifs.

Furniture should be curvy and incorporate some of the stylized nature designs that Art Nouveauis famous for. Look for wood inlaid with designs. There are a lot of opportunities to remake furniture with Art Nouveau motifs and decoration. Consult Art Nouveaubooks and online pictures to find a pattern that you can reproduce on your table, lamp or other accessory. Stylized fireplaces were popular at the time and are still reproduced today with floral motifs and whiplash lines.

Art can be in the form of poster prints. Many commercial posters produced in the era make beautiful and unusual decorations for the walls of your home. A vase or two of peacock feathers and, of course, plants and flowers scattered about the home will bring nature that much closer. Think exotic; Art Nouveau was in the period where people were greatly fascinated by 'The Orient' and far-off climes.

Art Nouveau Style:

-long, curved, whiplash lines

-stylized plants, especially flowers and vines

-depictions of women with long, artistically flowing hair

-inlaid wood, silver, semi-precious stones, glass

Sometimes it's more fun to re-create your own interpretation of Art Nouveau than to restrict yourself to decorations that you know are 'period'. A great Art Nouveau look can be created relatively easily and cheaply if you look for inexpensive replicas and reproductions, as well as using paint and stained glass to "art-nouveau" items. Look for that whiplash line and stylized florals and you'll be on the right track. provides a professional guide to Henderson Nevada Real Estate.

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I Will Measure Happiness With My Eyes Closed - A Fairies Call

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Maybe we can just stop


dear fairies

and start all over again.

And I won't ask you

if it's OK.

I won't ask anyone at all.

I will step out into that outside world

and hold a victory march

past all my false starts.

Camille and Lily

sacred souls

will meet me


and let me mend

my stolen heart.


I must admit it

in the end

that fantasy and pretend

cannot outlive the wounded lark.

Only wilting flowers

would understand that poem.

A poem considered

one who would close up

not bloom

and visit no one

go nowhere at all

like words gathered

resembling leaves in the fall.

If you see that sparrow

Remind her I am still waiting

and tell her to find me.

A feather in the skyline

tell her too

to send me her poems

when she feels empty.

I contemplate

those who still measure happy


if there is some kind of code

or justified routine

that meets that channel.

Maybe happiness is over rated.

Darkness requires a lot of alone time.

All my cruelties

so sincerely sorry.

Twas not till this moment

that I understood the consequence

of such failures.

Stopped only by me

with only me to blame

and like any delicate flowers I have known

I fold their wings gently

wishing I could dismiss it all

but of course


Despite my efforts to see at times

I am left with the blindness of sight.

How far can I reach?

How much can be felt?

I am not sure.

But I will consider the day

measure it all with my eyes closed

Camille and Lily

fairies call

watch ore

and my fingertips

will measure my way


ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz:

FREE ART GIFTS, suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website:

The picture is of one of my sculptures, "Bleeding Wings 5"

Sarah Brightman

I listen to her music a lot when I paint.


My fav CD


A Story About a Fairy Who Never Found Herself at All

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

There she stood

faltering fairy


expressing what she needed

and who she hoped she would be

by next Winter

and the Winter after that.

Too soon that story ended.

Calendars taken for granted


past what we all think and hope for

and past

what we think

we all mean

or at least what people talk about.

I saw her in the Summer

years ago now


no longer accepting

of her boundaries

ready to pursue lit candles

in honor of what was missing

from her limited



Roads ahead

would be painfully dusty

turns would bare no signs

no hints of

"Do Not Enter"

lest you lose your way


No mistakes displayed

to learn from

to feel chastened by



the emptiness

of an unmet climb.



boundaries from someone else's


lessons from a book

she could no longer believe in.

Dinner set for one



learn to dine


or they will never meet their circumstances

or at least not well

self survival

never understood

For whatever hope

that Spring might have brought

flowers finally waking

despite their once frozen spaces




While measuring whatever could be

she forgot to measure

what had already been.

Storm clouds coming

and going

it really doesn't matter


not anymore.

There would be no traveling

no new sites to fly in.

There would be no dining out.

No galleries of passion

to understand


the glamour of magazines

and sights seen

on TV.

There would be no voyages

though her cage door

had been opened.

For despite what she had cried about

and claimed as her wanting

this flower


was simply too afraid

to make

yet another


flower space.

Standing over other roses

last rites

deep breaths

those flowers lied.

Their colors change

after blooming

no matter the season

hues groomed

buds in vases

when gathered too soon


and never bloom

at all.

So no..

Lily did not die

the assumed


deep dark sighs.

She found herself

in new surroundings


but she was just too accustomed

to never following through

on her dream schemes.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz:

My newest website:

The pic is of my sculpture, "Bleeding Wings 5"


Art Nouveau ~Ohh so lovely!

Quick, what do you think of Mucha?

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    • Srena44 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      kevkev227 lm 

      6 years ago

      Love Mucha's poster art...thanks for sharing :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Raving for your interweaving of your personal art experience and this famous artist, along with your poetry. Lovely presentation.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the way you incorporated your poetry into this presentation of a tantalizing artist. They are a perfect match.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thanks so much

    • TheMummyNextDoor profile image


      7 years ago

      I've always loved Mucha, surprised you didn't include some of the bw photos from which he produced most of these, I think the models are fascinating! x

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      7 years ago

      Before your lens, I had never heard of Alfons Mucha, so thank you for the introduction. A beautiful lens.

    • imlifestyle profile image


      7 years ago

      We have 3 of his prints hanging in our living room, fell in love with his work when we lived in Prague some 12 years ago. They have a wonderful museum of his work in Old Town district. Great lens. Thanks...

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      7 years ago

      Kathy, thanks for introducing me to Alfons Mucha. I have always liked Art Nouveau, although I am quite uneducated about it. I didn't know about Mucha's influence and contribution to Art Nouveau. This is a beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing Mucha's art and your poetry with us!

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      Mucha's self portrait shown at the top of this page is really done well. I really enjoyed this man's work you've presented here, you do it so well. Much love. See you around the galaxy...

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love the bright colors Mucha used. I also love the dresses! My what I wouldn't give to be able to wear some of them. I have come to expect wonderful lenses by you and this one is no exception. Just beautiful ..soulful poems, singing by my favorite and beautiful romantic art. Angel blessed.

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      sponias lm 

      7 years ago

      I like Muchas originality. This is a beautiful lens! It deserves to be Blessed!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'd seen his work but didn't know much about Mucha. Great lens!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      I can't believe I haven't seen this before.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      7 years ago from U.S.A.

      His women are so, so romantic. I'm a huge fan of art nouveau. Thank you so much for liking, commenting on, and blessing my lens, My 50 Favorite Art Masterpieces of All Time. You are so very kind and much too generous with your compliments, especially on my own art. :)

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      7 years ago

      I love Mucha's poster artwork. I've got 3 on my walls; they're reproductions, of course, but they look amazing framed. He really knew how to paint women.

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      7 years ago

      Another excellent, beautiful lens. I haven't see so much Art Nouveau here in London, but have seen a lot more on my travels in many other parts of Europe.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      coming back to share some warm squidangel *blessings*.

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      7 years ago

      I love art and your lenses. I 've read some of your lenses. I have to say how the world is small. 1. my husband is an artist, he graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow .

      2. I am from the country where originally Mucha is from ( ex Czechoslovakia) and I love Mucha's art!

      3. Lichtenstein"s sculpture is here in Columbus, Oh airport,, where I live now.

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      Miha Gasper 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Another beautiful lens. Keep it up:-)

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      7 years ago

      So much to see and appreciate about Mucha! Delightful.

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      7 years ago

      So much to see and appreciate about Mucha! Delightful.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      7 years ago from Wales

      I love the way you combine poetry and text with pictures squidoo art

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      7 years ago

      A beautiful tribute to Alfons Mucha, Kathy....I'm a lover of art nouveau and enjoyed your presentation....blessed, because you always do beautifully!

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      7 years ago

      Love, love, love Mucha! He has long been my favorite artist and a great inspiration to me when creating my own artwork. I get a Mucha calendar every year from my mom for Christmas. I've never seen him or his self portrait, though, so thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      I now love, Mucha, too. Thanks for sharing this very artistic lens.

      Thanks so much for blessing my "Top 10 Most Favorite Pinoy TV Shows 2011" lens.

      As a token of appreciation, I have featured this lens on my "Vice Ganda" lens.



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      7 years ago

      Wow another great lens! Thank you for posting thumbs up!

    • verymary profile image


      7 years ago from Chicago area

      I actually did try to use Mucha's work for home décor inspiration; ended up going a different route, but I do love his lines & color palette. great lens!

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      Deadicated LM 

      7 years ago

      Great job on this lens, I really enjoyed it. Mucha was my doctor's (before I lost my health insurance) great great grandfather. I always loved his work; I think some Grateful Dead art was inspired by him. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you dear friend! Happy day! and ALOHA!

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      I have had many prints of Mucha's work over the years as I love his work of an era gone by yet so loved. Funny that I never took the time to look into the artist himself. I always assumed he was a French painter, not a Czech. This has inspired me to learn more about this talent artist. You poems are always much loved as are your sculptures. So much talent coming from one women! *Squid Angel Blessed* I am in the process of making a new lens for 2012 Angel Blessings. As soon as it is finished, you will be added there and I'll send an e-mail to let you know when it has been published.

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      There is such a soft and mysterious feeling to Art Nouveau, I wish I had the discipline to train in this style when I was younger... It's glorious. And I like your poetry a lot, so full of rich pictures. Art Nouveau Poetry? It's really lovely.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I love Mucha's nostalgic art nouveau work.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoyed your poetry and art. I have seen Mucha's work before but didn't remember who had painted it. Thank you it was lovely! Blessings.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i am familiar with alfons mucha as he is also famous here in austria.

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      7 years ago

      Mucha's illustrations are fascinating. There is a Much Museum in Prague that I would love to visit

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      7 years ago

      Very lovely! I love Art Nouveau. :)

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      John Norman Stewart 

      7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Nice lens....enjoyed it :)

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      7 years ago

      I love Art Nouveau jewelry, architecture and paintings. Very beautiful lens!

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      sushilkin lm 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing on squidoo. Pls PRAY FOR JAPAN for Noble Cause

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      8 years ago

      Love, love, love Art Nouveau. It's always given me a feeling of wonder and happiness. I love the beauty of the flowing lines. Your sculpture and poetry are beautiful. Delightful lens!

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      8 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! I love Mucha and Art Nouveau. Really wonderful to view this morning.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Ersnt Haeckel published his Radiolarians in 1862. His style is associated with art nouveau. In 1879 his Medusa plate looks all of art nouveau. He was influenced with the same movement as Mucha. In Germany it was called "Jugendstil".

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      Angela F 

      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've always loved Mucha since I first became familiar with his work as a teen. Super lens!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Mucha has been a great influence on my personal design style and decorating preference for more than 35 years. I love art nouveau and am trained as a graphic designer; just fell in love with his work from first encounter. Your sculptures evoke a similar feeling, and I enjoy your poetry as well. Lovely lens as always Kathy.

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      8 years ago

      Another beautiful lens! That art nouveau stuff is gorgeous. And I love your poetry.

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      I love Art Nouveau, But I don't know Macha work until now... So I learn something new and I love it. Very good resource lens.

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      8 years ago

      NIicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** by the Bath and Shower neighborhood Angel & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful art and poetry. You are gifted and thanks for sharing this with us.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for commenting on my lens. The comment about the picture of my daughter eating pancakes means a lot coming from you.

      Maybe its because I know so little about art that I don't know the answer to this but did you paint the image under "I Painted a Dream of Enchanted Faeries Where Flowers Met the Dew"?

      It looks incredible and feminine. The image in the center of the pictue is my favorite.

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      8 years ago

      Really enlightening and very beautiful. The poetry is lovely too. Thank you for sharing, Rose

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      8 years ago

      Very nice lens. I'm not a huge fan of Art Nouveau, but this is a well-put-together lens and...I really like your poetry!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic resource! brilliant lens.

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      8 years ago from Iowa

      So beautiful. Didn't know much about Mucha but very fond of art nouveau

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I've been a Mucha fan since I was a teenager. I just adore his art nouveau advertising art. It influenced me to become a graphic designer. Your art reminds me of Mucha - I can see some influences, although you definitely have your own unique and beautiful style.

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      8 years ago

      I have two mirrors that were done by Mucha of women in a collection of Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall. They were given to me by my mother and come from Thedfrod, England in 1975. I was wondering if anyone could lead me in a direction on how to look these up I am very curious about there back ground. Thank you so much

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      8 years ago

      Love this very interesting and informative lens on Mucha.

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      10 years ago

      What an informative lens, thanks so much!

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      Thyme2dream LM 

      10 years ago

      He is my absolute hero...I was delighted to be able to visit an exhibit of his work at the Edinburgh City Museum in 2000~ even more amazing in person!! Much of the inspiration for my jewelry comes from him:)

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      11 years ago

      I love his work!

      Fantasy Art Woman|Beautiful Women Goddess Art:


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