Well, we all know I love that sparkle, shimmer, glimmer and gleam that Christmas brings with it - hopefully in a shower of glitter and lots of magic and enchantment.
So, today, I'm feeling the need of something a little different ... no more Christmas trees, ornaments, holiday decorations or DIY's ... I'm feeling the pull and lull of the languid, luxurious and sensuous curves and elaborations that are that inspired decorative style ... art nouveau.
The Art Nouveau style (or Jugendstil in German) was an artistic style popular between 1890 and 1910. Inspired by natural forms, the two-dimensional perspective of Japanese block prints, and undulating curves, (or "whiplashes," as they were called after a critic's 1894 description of these lines as "sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip"), Art Nouveau spread throughout Europe until it was superseded by the clean lines of modernism and Art Deco in the 1920s.
Art Nouveau can be considered a "total" style, meaning that it found a place in visual art, architecture, and the decorative arts, and its consumers and creators sought to blur the boundaries between the fine arts and applied arts. Despite the characteristic reliance on organic, dynamic lines, Art Nouveau adherents did not eschew modern materials or industrial processes like their brethren in the Arts and Crafts Movement (1860-1910).
Instead, they relied on glass, wrought iron, and technological innovation to create pieces that seemed to blend with the natural elements of daily life. In Art Nouveau, industry facilitated the visual harmony with nature that its practitioners so ardently sought.
Exquisite art nouveau pendant in gold, silver, platinum and ivory with enamel details
This idea of an uncontrollable world all around us was mirrored in the Art Nouveau interest in psychology, symbolism and the supernatural. Sigmund Freud was writing about the unconscious dream world, and artists were trying to explore that world through art and design. Symbols weren't fixed — their meaning shifted and was ambiguous.
Luxe sterling and enamel Russian art nouveau caviar server
Nature was a big inspiration for Art Nouveau, but not necessarily the 'pretty' side of nature — more its vital organic force that could be almost terrifying.
Sometimes I torture myself by doing a search for Art Nouveau furnishings on 1stDibs. I covet the impossibly beautiful lamps, mirrors, plates and furniture — all impossibly priced.
This Parisienne restaurant, an art nouveau wonder, was simply boarder over when the style became obsolete, only to be discovered in the 1950's, completely intact and perfect. It has been refurnished and is now a popular café catering to the well-to-do and tourist trades.Thank you for taking this little stroll through art nouveau land with me ... I hope you enjoyed the delightful - almost faerie tale wonder - of the art movement that created such exquisite design in everything from architecture to jewelry to art. I hope you're inspired ...
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥