Art Nouveau: 50 Works of Art You Should Know: 50 Works of Art You Should Know
A new edition to Prestel's popular "50s" series, this collection of the finest examples of Art Nouveau shows how the movement impacted every artistic discipline. The heyday of the Art Nouveau style was relatively short,
spanning the decades immediately before and after 1900.
However it was a tremendously important period, not only
for its radical shift away from the academic and romantic
movements of the late 19th century, but also for its embrace
of nature and natural forms. This authoritative, accessible, and
beautifully illustrated book explores fifty of the most important
works of the Art Nouveau style. From Mackmurdo's jacket
design of Christopher Wren's City Churches to Sykes' sculpture,
The Spirit of Ecstasy, each work is presented in double-page
spreads that chronologically trace Art Nouveau's development
and breadth--from architecture, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, and
graphic arts, Toulouse-Lautrec's poster advertising the Divan
Japonais, to home décor, lamps by Tiffany and Daum Frères,
and painting, Munch's Madonnas and Walter Crane's Neptune's
Horses. Each entry includes a full-page illustration and concise
explanatory texts. An introductory essay on the history and
legacy of Art Nouveau, along with brief biographies of the
artists featured in the book, make this a comprehensive yet
compact reference work.
Susie Hodge is an art historian and creative consultant who has written numerous books on art.