Leo Putz was sixteen when he entered the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. His father, who was convinced of his son’s extraordinary artistic gift, sent him to the Académie Julian … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Leo Putz “Lady in Blue”
“I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Gustav Klimt “Lady with Hat and Feather Boa”
“Life begets life. Energy creates energy.” Sarah Bernhardt I was drawn to Paul Berthon’s lithograph before I knew he had captured the face of the renowned Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt”
In the last post on Art Nouveau, we met Christina Rossetti, the sister of Dante, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The Pre-Raphaelites were revolutionary for their time. … Continue reading Sir John Everett Millais – The Controversy Begins
“Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.” Christina Rossetti Every Christmas, I listen to In the Bleak Mid-Winter, never realizing the connection to Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites. That … Continue reading Dante’s Kid Sister – Christina
“I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I’m not certain of whether it’s true.” Gustav Klimt … Continue reading Art Nouveau – Gustav Klimt
“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” Antoni Gaudí December 2007, I travelled to Barcelona to experience Antoni … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Antoni Gaudí!
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896) was … Continue reading Art Nouveau – William Morris & Medieval Knights
“I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Siegfried Bing was a businessman; he came from a family of trade. Born in Hamburg, Germany … Continue reading Art Nouveau – Bing & the Defining Moment
“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde The year was 1893. The Studio, a new illustrated magazine of fine and … Continue reading Art Nouveau: Salome, Oscar, Aubrey & The Yellow Book
“Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.” John Ruskin The Belgian journal … Continue reading Art Nouveau: Ideas Inspire Innovation
Art Nouveau! It was art that went viral – the first grand international style, practiced by a diverse collection of artists. And it wasn’t just painting; it was architecture, furniture, … Continue reading Art Nouveau – The Art That Went Viral!