A Quick And Nimble Glance Into Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau by Constance M. Greiff                                     Abbeville Press (1995) Paperback

This pocket-size Stylebook is chock full of black and white reproductions of art nouveau paintings, photographs, architecture, furniture, and jewelry. The introduction emphasizes art nouveu’s ‘totality of design’, and that is definitely shown throughout this volume. The art pieces are highlighted by some deep orange text headers, which are a nice design touch, but makes me long for the reproduction of the art pieces to be in color as well! It would provide the book with evan more pizzazz. Art Nouveau covers art nouveau’s birth, unified aesthetic, outdoor and indoor pieces, decorative objects, and other structures. It also provides an index of museum collections, additional sites to visit, and recommended further reading. All in all it’s a cute, handy book, full of knowledge and inspiration.

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