Art Nouveau

Dante’s Kid Sister – Christina

“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 is, until recently.  Dante Rossetti’s kid sister, Christina, wrote the poem which was set as a Christmas carol by Gustav Holst and then by Harold […]

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Happy Birthday, Antoni Gaudí!

“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 Gaudí.  The Temple De La Sagrada Familia was breathtaking, even mesmerizing.  Although Antoni Gaudí’s architectural designs were in the fashion of the  Spanish variant of […]

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Art Nouveau: Ideas Inspire Innovation

“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 L’Art Moderne, in the early 1880s, used the phrase Art Nouveau to describe a group of progressive Belgian artists working under the group name of […]

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Art Nouveau – The Art That Went Viral!

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, glassware, graphic design, jewellery, pottery, metal work, textiles and sculpture. It was art in everyday things and it made everyday people ask themselves – can’t […]

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