The first area, "A Bohemian in Paris" gave us a first insight of the man Mucha, with his most beloved family and his friends, among which was the painter Gaguin.
A special mention is surely dedicated to his wife Maruska, that he married on 1906 and since then became one of his favourite models, together with his daughter Jaroslava.
After a series of financial troubles, he had the luck to made a name for himself when he had the chance to collaborate with actress Sarah Bernhardt.
This period introduced us to the second section of the exhibition, "A Picture-Maker for People": Mucha was extremely committed to the idea of an art that could improve the moral and social aspects of the masses; he contributed with poster dedicated to fund-raising for the victims of wars and the lower classes of his country, even when his name was inevitably connected with merchandising and publicity, due to his versatility.
This part of the exhibition is named "A Cosmopolitan".
It was 1904 and Mucha was acclaimed as a star. He ended up being involved again in commercial stuff, but fortunately he also found a commissioner for his ambitious project, Charles Richard Crane.
The fourth area of the exhibition, "The Mystic", was dedicated to the spiritual attitude of Mucha.
It explained and introduced the influence of masonry, theosophy and occultism, extremely popular among intellectuals back in the days. Mucha mixed these new tendencies with the Catholic education received in his younger days, developing original interpretations for religious and spiritual subjects.
"The Patriot" retrieves what we were talking about before, his passion for his homeland and the values behind it-- Cultural identity, family, dignity.
The area is completely dedicated to the sketches and projects of his "Slav Epic", a series of twenty gigantic paintings dedicated to the fight for freedom of the Slav and Czech people.
Once that Czechoslovakia won its independence after World War I, Mucha designed whatever was needed for his new country, from stamps to banknotes to war medals.
Finally the "Slav Epic" was completed on 1928, and it was presented to the city of Prague.
The last section is a potpourri of emotions and messages: "The Artist Philosopher" is dedicated to the ideals and beliefs behind Mucha's artworks, so to made sure that the visitor can understand that this artist was not just a producer of fancy merchandising, but most importantly a human being that was extremely involved with the well-being of his fellow human beings.
"Wisdom knows that her journey
is the one that leads too goodness and the happiness
In this Journey... Wisdom shines
her own way and with her light she guides the wandering man."