Between 1896 and the early 1900s Mucha took a series of photographs of models that served as preliminary studies for his final paintings. From these photographs he selected appropriate images and synthesised them to create a complicated historical event on a single canvas. The studies are interesting in their own right. His studio photography grew into a part of his experimentation with his models to express his philosophical ideas through theatrical poses and gestures.
Bonus: Print and colour your own Mucha colouring sheet.