Alfons Mucha was born on July 24, 1860 in Ivančice (Moldavia). Coming from the “petite bourgeoisie”, nothing predestined Alfons Mucha to become a renowned artist, his parents being firmly hostile to their son's chosen vocation. For this very reason, he broke off all contact with them and begun his apprenticeship at the Vienna theatre, while taking drawing classes. Going through a difficult period, he was forced to leave the theatre. His meeting with Sarah Bernhardt, a great lover of his work, allowed him to get back on his feet. Mucha quickly became the man in fashion, even giving the Art Nouveau movement his name, often called “Mucha style”. In 1912, the threw himself into a new project taking the form of a historical fresco of his people, The Slavic Epic, which he completed in 1928. Alfons Mucha, whose artistic genius is no longer in question today, left absolutely fabulous works, giving him a place among the greatest painters in the history of art. Alfons Mucha died on July 14, 1939 in Prague.