- Tapa dura: 192 páginas
- Editor: Flame Tree; Edición: New edition (31 de agosto de 2009)
- Colección: Masterworks
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1847862802
- ISBN-13: 978-1435117709
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Art Nouveau (Masterworks) (Inglés) Tapa dura – Ilustrado, 31 ago 2009
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The rise of the Art Nouveau style across Continental Europe and the US in all forms of art was remarkable and is explored in this beautifully illustrated book. Discussing the movement first as a whole, then from the angle of the graphic arts and finally as manifested in the fine arts, it focuses on the style in two dimensions. From the work of well-known figures such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaudi and Tiffany to beautiful posters and illustrations advertising everything from coffee to costumes, and even including an exploration of the links to Synthetism and Symbolism among other movements, the book is a treat from start to finish.
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Rosalind Ormiston is a researcher, lecturer and author in art, architecture and design history. She lectures in art and architectural history at Kingston University, London. Her recent publications include Colour Source Book, Alphonse Mucha: Masterworks, Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration; Michelangelo: His Life and Works in 500 Images and Leonardo da Vinci: His Life and Works in 500 Images. Michael Robinson is a freelance lecturer and writer on British art and design history. Originally an art dealer with his own provincial gallery in Sussex, he entered academic life by way of a career change, having gained a first class honours and Masters degree at Kingston University. He is currently working on his doctorate, a study of early modernist period British dealers. He continues to lecture on British and French art of the Modern period.
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Ormiston traces the origins of Art Nouveau to the English Arts and Crafts movement. The Art Nouveau period seemed to reach its height between 1894 and 1905. Possibly Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo and William Morris were the first artists to create identifiable works of flowing linear organic images that would initiate the movement. These same flowing linear images would appear in the works of Edward Burne-Jones and Aubrey Beardsley. On continent Europe, groups of artists were becoming dissatisfied with the adherence to the styles and subjects of academic painting influenced by the Renaissance and Classicism. Thus in Spain, Austria, Bohemia, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, groups of artists began to explore this style. The artists of the Jugendstil, the Art Nouveau Movement in Germany, are briefly discussed. The style was also influenced by the Japanese paintings and other art objects with a sense of organic pattern derived from nature combined with a flattening of surfaces that are covered with pattern and a lack of vanishing point perspective.
The early artists exhibiting the flattened color fields with flowing organic lines included Henri Toulouse-Lautrec whose lithographs could be considered early examples or influences to the art movement. But it is the incredible graphic work of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha that so greatly influenced Art Nouveau illustration. Ormiston relates the story of the partnership between actress Sarah Bernhardt and Mucha, who created the posters for her many theatrical endeavors. Mucha is an incredibly innovative artist combining the styles of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Japanese woodblock imagery with its flat color fields, and Byzantine icons. The artists of this period, such as Paul Berthon, use a heavy dark line to clearly delineate shapes but then fill those shapes with patterned and sometimes flattened fields of color or repetitive images. The `whiplash line' is a key characteristic of illustration of this period, probably first used by Henri Meunier. There is a fine example of the influence of Japanese woodblock prints upon the lithography of the Art Nouveau period in a work by Meunier, Woman with Binoculars.
Whereas the book is primarily devoted to printed illustrations and posters, also included is recognition of Hector Guimard's Art Nouveau designs for the entrances and exits of the Paris Metro. The objects created by the Tiffany Studios are also highlighted with a few examples.
Gustav Klimt's work is represented with several reproductions of his paintings and graphic work. Klimt was able to combine images of the human figure, painted with an impressionistic realism, with fields of color and pattern. The works are much more painterly when seen in person but printed on the page, the contrast of pattern to figure is striking and can be attributed to Art Nouveau with influence from the icon painters of Byzantium.
Antoni Gaudi is discussed with two illustrations of his architecture and furniture design. Arthur Heygate Macmurdo's furniture and graphic works are illustrated as are examples of the works of Aubrey Beardsley. Entire sections are devoted to various graphic artists with full page, high quality colored images of the posters and illustrations.
The book ends with discussion of the Pointillist, Symbolist, and Italian Futurists movements that follow that of Art Nouveau. It is a very readable book since it is written in concise topical paragraphs that allows considerable jumping back and forth by the reader to read highlights of specific illustrations and points by the authors.
This book has the same theme. It is give a good overview of the whole movement and places the various branches in context in 200 pages of high quality printing. I like the way the book is divided into three sections.
The first is discusses the history and various sections from the English art & craft movement and Pre-Raphaelites through to the architecture of Gaudi and the glassware of Tiffany. It is only 70 pages but places the various branches of the movement in context.
The second section covers a range of commercial posters, jewellery, and other artefacts created by the movement's artists to earn a living. There is a focus on Mucha's work which dominates this section of the book. But when you see the quality of the printing you won't complain.
Finally, the third section displays the most significant fine art and painting from the movement. Gauguin's "Aba oe Frii?", Munch's "The Scream", Klimt's "The Kiss" etc. A good summary of the fine art produced by the movement.
In summary; it is an excellent overview of one of the significant art movements in human history in 200 pages of high quality printing. Also, I must mention the dust cover. Obviously inspired by Klimt, the publishers have embossed it with golden glitter!