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Art Nouveau exploded onto the art and design scene in the early 1890s and spread rapidly throughout the Western world. This lush volume - created to accompany a major museum exhibition that opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, before moving to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in October 2000 - is the most beautiful, complete, and wide-ranging study ever published on this enormously popular and influential style. A wealth of lavish illustrations and rare period photographs showcase masterpieces in all mediums—from Tiffany lampshades, Mucha posters, Klimt paintings, and Lalique jewelry to architecture by Victor Horta, Antoni Gaud, and Louis Sullivan. The text, by 20 leading scholars, is a timely reappraisal of a style that flourished at the turn of the last century, in a world grappling with new ideas and rapid social change. They explore this international phenomenon in all media of the decorative and fine arts, including wood furniture, metal, textiles, glass, ceramics, jewelry, posters, prints, and architecture. Most interesting are the first chapters by editor Greenhalgh, head of research at the Victoria & Albert, who demonstrates how Art Nouveau drew from the vocabulary of such historical styles as classicism, the Baroque and Rococo, Islamic and Japanese forms, and folk art in a way that subverted and reordered these styles into a completely modern and eclectic language. Decadent yet popular, both loved and hated, Art Nouveau gave rise to the concept of an all-encompassing "lifestyle environment"—a total work of art designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience. Period photography provides a visual context for the individual works, and the book contains 507 illustrations including 407 color plates.This catalog is the definitive book on Art Nouveau to date.


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