Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This, That, and Some Art Nouveau

I've been trying to get some work done in the past few days. This is the beginning of my next mini-theatre. I'm still not sure how it's going to work out - but I think it's going to be fun...or a total disaster - which can be fun, too!
I also finished my spread for the Art Paper Doll Symposium Traveling Journal. I've never even attempted to make a paper doll costume before, so, frankly, I'm a little embarrassed by this FOURTH attempt. It just has to be okay, because my deadline to move it on is upon me. I like the spread okay - it's just that insipid costume that annoys me. Oh, well...I done did muh best!
When I think of art nouveau, I always think of Mucha prints, Klimt, and other artists who used the female form as their expression for the graceful curves and lines indicative of art nouveau...
...and of course, all those fabulous art nouveau lady lamps and fountains
But I often forget about the gorgeous examples of art nouveau in architecture and the decorative arts that don't use women as their basis...like this entryway in Horta's Brussels Maison & Atelier. Wouldn't you feel grand ascending this staircase?
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing Hector Guimard's fabulous subway entrance at the Port Dephine exit. It's sad to think this is the only one of Guimard's enclosed entrances left ... the others (all over Paris) were torn down when art nouveau went out of fashion.
I don't know where this lamp hangs (anybody know?), but the lavish and extravagant swirls and lines epitomize the nouveau style. I would love a miniature candleabra version!
I think pulling out this lorgnette at the opera would immediately identify you as a person of taste and quality! - and, of course, poor eyesight.
I have no use for this art nouveau beaded bag - but I think it's very pretty - and certainly a good example of clothing accessories being inspired by the art nouveau movement.
I love, Love LOVE this lamp! From the elaborate metal work to the stained glass to the "crowning" of the piece. It's just marvelous ... and would look lovely in my dining room, if my dining room had 20 foot ceilings. Which it doesn't - so it would really look pretty stupid in my dining room. But that's okay. I still want it.
And if I could have this exquisite clock, I would look at it so often I would never be late for anything again as long as I live!

Speaking of being late, before I take off for the day, I'm going to leave you today with this poem.


Cut a forked branch.
Strip it clean of bark,

and holdfast.

Seeking water,
it leads you to places

you've never been.

The unseen
pulls like a ten pound trout

bending your branch earthward,

reeling in
the hidden spring.

by Laura Treacy Bentley

Hope you've found something to amuse or inspire you today. Now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥


Craftymoose Crafts said...

If you like art nouveau style, you would love Alesund, Norway--world renowned for its art nouveau architechure!

Leslie said...

Wow, that is some Art Nouveau eye candy.

Love the poem, will have to share it with my Da the Dowser... He found something he was looking for with a dowsing rod, so he's a believer.

The Whispering Poppies said...

Those staircases certainly are grand! I need a trip to Paris I think! =)

lorhen82 said...

OK, you can have the lamp you want, and I'll take the outdoor one with the 3 lights on it...I LOVE IT!!! ~Lori

Sue said...

Great post Tristan!! I LOVE art nouveau, the decor, the jewelry, the architechure, the fashion...everything - so I particularly enjoyed your pics and commentary. (got a chuckle about the gorgeous lamp and your non-20 ft ceilings).

I'm very curious to see where you are going with the gilt torso (first pic)

Groovycrafter said...

Fantastic Art Nouveau images!!!
Loving the lamp and handbag "Gorgeous".
Waiting too see the end result of the gold torso,can't wait.
Hugs Alison.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Loved the opera glasses and the purse! Great post!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely Love the table lamp. Of course, I have a serious addiction for lamps.... I have more lamps then I could ever use!! DH says if we turned on all of the lights we have "Three Mile Island" would have a brown-out!! LOL!!
Have a Great Evening!!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Kiddo,

Put Mike and my finished parcels on the plane this afternoon!! So I'm out doing a bit of visiting.

I think that the Art Nouveau is the only art movement in history that emphasized the curves and fow of nature. They chose to acccentuate them instead of attempting to subjugate nature to straight lines.

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Bill C. said...

From the little bit I've seen of your work, I don't think you can do anything bad! I love your paper doll page. I wish I had your talent.


Gabriela said...

Hello Tristan,

Love Art Nouveau, can't wait to see your theater!
I am sure it will be fabulous.

~ Gabriela ~

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I love Art Nouveau---but I honestly cannot imagine living in a house full of it. I have a few pieces, lamps, pottery, etc. They are exquisite accents, but not as exquisite as the ones you posted!!!
And I see someone has been gold leafing too....hmmmmmmm??????

Judith. ..de Santa Fe said...

So glad you have no use for that
purse ... .
you can toss it my way!

peggy gatto said...

How about the Musee D'Orsay?
Thanks for the pictures(again)!

YSLGuy said...

I love Art Nouveau. Such great images/items you selected to show!

Shell said...

I have a lamp from my Gram that is Art Nouveau. It is a beautiful piece. I have to get it rewired to work. When I look at it, I think about her.
You know how it is when your starting out with something new. Your doll costume is cute. Once you do it more, it will be Tristan-like in no time.

Sabrina Vourvoulias said...

Love the poem. ;-)

William Bezek said...

Yummy! I love Art Nouveau, The furniture collection in the Louvre was to die for. I COULD live in a house full of it, or rather a Parisian Townhouse. I'm still trying to figure out how Witchery Dowsing relates to Art Nouveau, inspirations of nature?

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hey Tristan....your costume is just great..."we are our own worst critic though!"..it can be maddening at times. :0)

The Art Nouveau wall lamp that you LOVE, LOVE...I do too! it's fabulous and needs to live with me. :0)

The staircase is divine as are all the other photos you have posted.

Have a great day,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Tristan,
Your miniature theatre intrigues me as I made one myself a couple of months ago...you love miniatures as well! Please give us more photos on your work when you are done and more info on the symposium of which you speak; we would love to see MORE TRISTAN! Great photos my friend. Enjoy your day, Anita

Ingrid Mida said...

Your posts are so imaginative that any comment I make seems utterly lame in comparison. How do you find the time!!
I will add that subway stop to my list of things to do when I'm in Paris next.
I too love Art Nouveau, especially the beaded purse. I would love to make something just like that for myself!

Talking Horses Arts said...

These pictures are just great! Would go for the clock...I normally do not like clocks,but this one caught definitely my attention.
Cant wait to see how the rest of the torso will turn out!
Have a great day Tristan!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Tristan,

I like the dress you made for TADS ;) I also LOVE those opera glasses!

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

Kaerie Faerie said...

FABULOUS POST, I just love that Deco art Era, one of the reasons I moved to Miami Beach to paint Deco murals. Thanks for the memories

Valerie said...

I loved this post...such beauty in Art Nouveau. Am I correct in understanding that Art Nouveau led the way for the Art Deco period?

If you have a chance, please drop by and read today's post. For some reason I thought of you as I was researching and writing it! I think b/c I know how much you love and appreciate art and history.

Blessings to you from Kansas,

TonyaA said...

I find your work and post inspiring.
May you continue to be inspired always!
Blessings, peace, and love,
~Tonya Ashe

Beverly said...

You're too harsh a self-judge.

I have a weakness for art nouveau silver.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Did you know that George Harrison was a collector of Art Nouveau? Must be nice. Your posts are always interesting AND fun which makes YOU interesting and fun.
Merci beaucoup,

g said...

Wonderful. I love Art Nouveau. I had a friend who really loved it and collected things - he's gone now and you've reminded me of him. Bittersweet.

What IS that woman doing with that peacock????

Sue said...

So many beautiful photos.........how do you find them all?! I love the lamp with the swirls.....heavenly.
Have a great day.

Thanks for visiting Lexi's Blog. I think I spend more time on her's than mine. She is a handful !

Rupert Alistair said...

What absolutely gorgeous pieces and photography of those pieces!! Magnificent site you have here. Lovely.


Esther said...

lot of treasi=ures here!! Muchat is my idol!! and this lamp!! this lamp!!!!

Anonymous said...

That lamp is at the entrance of the "Gas Natural" building in Barcelona.

More photos of "modernistas" lamps here. Isn't mine, all credit for the photograph, jorapa.