Thursday, July 9, 2009

Art Nouveau style jewelry - Elaine Smitha

More jewelry from long ago. 

Elaine Smitha's website is at

but it doesn't look like she making jewelry anymore.

Art Nouveau style jewelry - Heyoka Merrifield

Heyoka Merrifield - early pieces from many years ago.
He has a nice website at

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Some Art Nouveau style Jewelry

I just rediscovered some pictures of Art Nouveau style jewelry.

This is said to be: Fuchsia Necklace, 1905, designed by Alphonse Mucha, made by the jeweler Georges Fouquet. Opal, cabochon saphire, brilliants, gold mount. Petit Palais, Paris.

This is leading into Art Deco, but still has some Art Nouveau feel:

There is a Leon Hatot website at:

It uses Flash, and takes forever to load with my drinky dial-up connection,

so I gave up trying to discover if there are even better pictures on the site, 

but you're welcome to try if you've got a faster connection.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

movie to see!

A friend has just informed me that the new movie of Colette's story "Cheri" is full of art nouveau. I'll be seeing it soon. 

Meantime, this site has some previews of the architecture:

Door of Hôtel Mezzara (60, rue La Fontaine), by Hector Guimard:

Monday, June 29, 2009

Illustration - Eugene Karlin

Another illustrator whose work had an art nouveau feel, was Eugene Karlin, who just passed away in 2003 at 84. For many years his drawings were very common in magazine ads, and I saved a few.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Illustration - David McCall Johnston

A number of illustrators work in the art nouveau style, borrowing elements to combine with their own personal elements. 

Here is some work by David McCall Johnston. He has a nice website, but I don't see any of his art nouveau style work there.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ode to Leaves - Art Nouveau textbook primer

I was able to visit the Alphons Mucha Museum in Prague recently, and I highly recommend it! A great collection with lots of his early and late works, and much explanation. Information on the museum:

One discovery was that his original posters were often in muted tones, beautiful but the prints made from them usually intensify the colors, and I like them that way even better.

Another thing I learned is that Mucha compiled a book on how to create art nouveau in his later years. Mucha's book has been translated into English. It is available here, from Dover: Mucha's Figures Decoratives

Another Dover book includes just the images from that book. I don't know why they did this, as they are almost the same price. I do own this one, and the illustrations are indeed nice. A lot of examples of figure-drawing (Mucha was classically-trained), but also many patterns and textures. It  is available here: The Art Nouveau Style Book of Alphonse Mucha

Here is one example illustration: