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Art Nouveau - 1880-1914
All By Alphonse Mucha
The term "Art Nouveau" means "New Art" and possessed a
sinuous style of design including the exotic and sometimes erotic influence
in art and decoration. The movement strived to use materials for their
natural qualities and beauty. Nature was the primary theme throughout.
Refusal to conform to the industrial society and a movement began to
return man to the production and design fields.
The 1900 World's Fair in Paris presented the new arts to the world.
The roots of the Art Nouveau movement were in England but soon spread.
Founding of the Century Guild by Arthur H. Mackmurdo in 1882.
Designs and Decorations:
Human forms with insect wings
Women with Flowing hair
Swans, Flowers Snakes
Owls & Bats
The Iris Flower
The "Siren" Look
Revival of Sculptural Jewelry
Bright Translucent Enamels
Mother of Pearl
Gemstones cut En Cabochon
Important Designers & Manufacturers:
William Morris (Also See Art & Crafts)
Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and Charles Robert Ashbee (English)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald (Scotland) and Frances
McNair known as the "Glasgow Four"
Rene' Lalique, Master of Jewelry and Glass. Introduced Plique A'Jour
method of enameling whith enthralled the world at the 1900 World's Fair where
even Queen Victoria purchased his works.
George Fouquet - made a wrap snake bracelet for Sarah Bernhardt
Alphonse Mucha, famous for his sinuewy flowing haired women figures.
Liberty and Company in London
George Jensen from Denmark for his Art Nouveau work in silver
Phillippe Wolfers from Belgium for his jewelry designs.
Louis Comfort Tiffany for his stained glass, picture frames, trinket
boxes, perfume bottles as well as jewelry and glassware.