Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Project: Truisms- Art Nouveau

For my first poster based on Jenny Holster's Truisms, I am choosing to use Art Nouveau as my design style since this is the style I like most and know most about, thus will it b a good starting point for me.

Some aspects of Art Nouveau:
1) Was created as a response to industrialism. Art Nouveau was an attempt to beautify the world through art.
2) Floral and natural motifs are common in Nouveau.
3) Highly stylized, curvi-linear forms are often used.
4) Peaked at the turn of the 20th century (1890 - 1905)
5) Was a bridge between Neo-classicism and modernism.
6) Use of attractive females among natural envirinments were common.
7) Also influenced typography (Jugendstil in Germany)
8) Made art a part of everyday life.

Some of the great Art Nouveau artists that I wish to draw infleunce from are Aubrey Beardsley, Jules Chéret, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Alphonse Mucha.

Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley was born in 1872, and was an English illustrator and author. His work was somewhat controversial as it was considered erotic, although he later asked for his work to be destroyed when he converted to Catholicism. Most of his images were done in ink and had high contrasts with large areas of block black or white. He was known for his dark and perverse images, somewhat inspired by Japanese ‘shunga’. His intention for his art was to create the ‘grotesque’.

Jules Chéret
Jules Chéret was born in 1836, and was a French painter and lithographer whole became ‘the father of the modern poster’. He began by creating vivid poster ads for cabarets, music halls and theatres, but eventually became so popular that he was sought after to design all sorts of advertisements. His work often depicted lively females in liberation. His work in fact lead to a noticeable change in the female society, as they were able to engage in activities depicted in his images- such as wearing low-cut bodices and smoking.

Louis Comfort Tiffany
Louise Comfort Tiffany was born in 1848 and was an artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts. Notably, he designed stained glass windows in an Art Nouveau style. Though he was originally a painter, he became interesting in glassmaking in about 1875. He built is own glassmaking firm in 1885. He made his own glass in a variety of colours and textures to create a unique and beautiful style of stained glass art.

Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha born in 1860 in Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic). His style of design, at first named 'Mucha-style' eventually became known as Art Nouveau. His posters, paintings and advertisements often featured young females in Neo-classicist looking robes and often surrounded by flowers. He intended to bring aesthetic values into Arts and Crafts, and eventually his tyle became higly recognised and often imitated.


  1. Hey Thanks for the information. it's my first time hearing Alphonse Mucha's name and I thought that the Art Nouveau movement was by a number of artists and not just one artist. I am a film student too but I love illustrating. I will read up on Alphonse Mucha. Thanks !

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  2. I am currently doing a project at college on art nouveau, I have to design and make an enameled pendant in the style of art nouveau, unfortunately design isn't my strong point