Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic

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Papadakis Publisher, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 624 pages
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-- The author is one of the world's leading authorities on Art Nouveau and is able to give new insights into the period following a lifetime of personal research
-- One of a series of five titles that will provide a complete picture of the whole period
-- Art Nouveau: From Mackintosh to Liberty -- the first volume -- is already being reprinted

Art Nouveau was a creative whirlwind that blew through the cobwebs of French historicism in the decorative arts, transforming the look of the final decades of the 19th century, and bringing a fresh, new, bright approach to creativity. Based on Nature, as seen through a sophisticated form of Japonism, it proclaimed a cult of beauty based on the feminine imperative, which contained within itself all that was good and all that was wicked. This volume, by one of the world's leading experts, traces that road, cuts down the undergrowth of misunderstanding and examines aspects of the style in a witty, entertaining and informative narrative complemented by a comprehensive set of detailed biographies and lavish color illustrations of the most striking creations of Art Nouveau.

 

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Contents

Introduction
19
Paris
22
Nancy
42
Alsace
52
LExposition Universelle 1900
55
Montmartre to Montparnasse
77
The Birth oí Haute Couture 18
98
Theatrical Ikons 120
135
jewellery
336
Silver
384
Pewter
417
Walking Sticks Seals
429
Glass
446
Ceramics
514
Bookbinding
556
The Mavericks
580

Art Nouveau Women Women in Art Nouveau
175
Graphics
182
Painting
204
Sculpture
218
Lamps
266
Furniture
294
Appendices
594
Texts
596
Biographies
605
Bibliography Index
621
Copyright

About the author (2002)

Arwas is director of Editions Graphiques

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