Alphonse Mucha
Proposal for the Pavillon de l'Homme at the 1900 Universal Exhibition

Proposal for the Pavillon de l'Homme at the 1900 Universal Exhibition
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939)
Proposal for the Pavillon de l'Homme at the 1900 Universal Exhibition
1897
Pencil on paper
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Michèle Bellot

Projet pour le pavillon de l'Homme à l'Exposition universelle de 1900 [Proposal for the Pavillon de l'Homme at the 1900 Universal Exhibition]


Many of the proposals submitted to the 1894 competition for the 1900 Universal Exhibition planned to modify the Eiffel Tower, retaining only the first platform. Mucha, however, envisaged covering the base of the tower with monumental statues and a globe, as a tribute to man's progress. Had it been executed, this would have been one of the most emblematic structures of Art Nouveau.

Another of Mucha's drawings in the Musée d'Orsay, a design for a monument to Michelet, reminds us that at the time he was working on his ideas for the Pavillon de l'Homme, the artist was particularly interested in architecture and monumental sculpture.




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