Art Nouveau

5 Europeana Art highlights from 2017

As the year draws to a close, we look back on the past twelve months and celebrate five significant moments for Europeana Art. In chronological order: 1. Art Nouveau season 2017 began with fireworks: a four-month season dedicated to Art Nouveau. Its centrepiece was the exhibition Art Nouveau – A Universal Style which surveyed Art Nouveau across Europe […]

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A look back at our Art Nouveau season

Over the past few months, we’ve been celebrating Art Nouveau style in a special season on Europeana Art. Thanks to the fabulous collections and contributions of our partners, it’s been a feast of Art Nouveau jewellery, ceramics, art and much more. Here’s a season recap. Art Nouveau – A Universal Style The centrepiece of the […]

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Scandal in Warsaw: Podkowiński’s Frenzy and the birth of Young Poland

In this guest post for Europeana’s Art Nouveau season, Dr. Piotr Kopszak, Curator at the National Museum of Warsaw, tells us about the artist Władysław Podkowiński and the scandal surrounding his painting Szał (Frenzy). Stylistic change has always fascinated art historians and it is often difficult to pinpoint the precise moment when change occurs. However, […]

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The Art Nouveau ceramics of Alexandre Bigot (part 2)

One of the Art Nouveau highlights of the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris were the architectural ceramics of French manufacturer Alexandre Bigot. Housed in a pavilion designed by Jules Lavirotte, and awarded a Grand Prix, the remarkable ensemble was bought at the Fair by the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. In the second of […]

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The Art Nouveau ceramics of Alexandre Bigot (part 1)

One of the Art Nouveau highlights of the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris were the architectural ceramics of French manufacturer Alexandre Bigot. Housed in a pavilion designed by Jules Lavirotte, and awarded a Grand Prix, the remarkable ensemble was bought at the Fair by the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. In the first of […]

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Exciting years – a new web journal explores the visionaries of Art Nouveau

In this guest post for Art Nouveau season, Friederike Fankhänel of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) introduces a fascinating new web journal about the innovators of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau). The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) holds the widest collection of Art Nouveau artworks within German-speaking countries. As founding director Justus Brinckmann made extensive […]

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Art Nouveau in Aveiro: a walk through the city

In this week’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Andreia Lourenço of Portugal’s Aveiro City Museum takes us on a guided tour of Aveiro’s finest Art Nouveau buildings. Along the way, she highlights the characteristic elements of Arte Nova (Art Nouveau) in Aveiro, particularly its focus on architectural ornament, and introduces us to important local landmarks. The […]

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Advertising and Art Nouveau in the machine age

In today’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Francesc Quílez, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, describes how commercial artists at the turn of the 20th century adopted modernisme (Art Nouveau) to create vibrant advertising images. At the turn of the 20th century, a public fascination with machines and modern […]

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Alphonse Mucha, Master of Art Nouveau

In today’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Marie Vítková of the National Museum in Prague tells us how Alphonse Mucha made his artistic breakthrough. In December 1894, the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt called the Parisian lithographers Lemerciers, asking for a new poster design for the play Gismonda. She wanted something different than what Lemerciers had […]

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Graphic Inspiration: Nature and Folk Art in Hungarian Art Nouveau

In this week’s Art Nouveau season guest post, Júlia Katona, Head of Collection at Budapest’s Schola Graphidis Art Collection, highlights the importance of graphic arts within Art Nouveau and describes how Hungarian artists were inspired by native folk culture. The Schola Graphidis Art Collection is the museum collection of Hungary’s oldest national art education institution, founded […]

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Slovak painting in the era of Art Nouveau

This week’s guest post for our Art Nouveau season comes from Lukáš Štepanovský of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. The regional variations of Art Nouveau, known as Sezession in Slovak, around Europe were marked and diverse. At that time, the territory of today’s Slovakia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Despite being a crossroads […]

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Gerda Koepff, pioneering collector of Art Nouveau glass

Today’s Art Nouveau season guest post from one of the world’s leading collections of glass, Düsseldorf’s Glasmuseum Hentrich. Dr. Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk introduces us to the innovative collector Gerda Koepff (1919–2006), whose bequest of Art Nouveau glass is an important part of the museum’s collection today. Art Nouveau plays a particularly strong role within the […]

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The Réseau Art Nouveau Network: European cooperation for the enhancement of Art Nouveau

Today’s Art Nouveau season guest post comes from Anne-Lise Alleaume of Réseau Art Nouveau Network What you call Art Nouveau depends on where you come from: it could be Jugendstil, Glasgow Style, Sezessionstil, Nieuwe Kunst, Stile Liberty, Modernisme, Ecole de Nancy or other names. Every European centre of Art Nouveau had its own name and character, […]

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Maggy’s picks: Art Nouveau prints and Catalan early recordings

You can easily get lost among over 53 million cultural heritage objects we display in Europeana. That is why, in this series we hand-pick some of the additions to our Collections that should not be missed. Check what we have prepared for you this month! As you probably know, for the next 3 months Art Nouveau […]

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Welcome to Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art

Today we are happy to announce the launch of Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art, running from now until the end of May. During the season we’ll explore the depth and diversity of this influential art movement and enjoy beautiful Art Nouveau jewellery, posters and much more. Rushes, 1896 (detail). Eugène Grasset. Schola Graphidis Art Collection. CC […]

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#ColorOurCollections with an Art Nouveau colouring book

Following last year’s inspiring Europeana Colouring Book for Grown-ups, we’re taking part in #ColorOurCollections again this year. #ColorOurCollections is a week-long colouring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting […]

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