More jewelry from long ago.
Elaine Smitha's website is at http://www.elainesmitha.com/
but it doesn't look like she making jewelry anymore.
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: http://www.leonhatot.com/
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.
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: http://www.paris-in-photos.com/wordpress/?p=133
Door of Hôtel Mezzara (60, rue La Fontaine), by Hector Guimard:
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: http://www.mucha.cz/
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:
I've been in love with Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Liberty) since I first saw examples of it in college - and it was the reason I gave in to majoring in art and working in graphic design (not that I got to do much in that style!) There are several other very nice websites on the subject (see links), so this site will cover aspects that those sites do not. In addition to exploring Art Nouveau examples still not online, the roots of the style will be discussed, and artists who work in a similar style will be presented. Also, books on the subject will be reviewed. Lots to talk about! Please join in!
I've been putting the notes from my art classes on another blog. If you're an art student, and interested in the technical side of how we artists make our pictures work, you might want to visit.
Ecole de Nancy
*Louis Majorelle 1859-1926 (especially 1900-1916)
Emile Andre (1871-1933, Nancy)
Henri Berge (1870-1937)
Ernest Bussiere (1863-1913)
Jean-Baptiste Eugene Corbin (1867-1952)
Alphonse Cytere (1861-1941)
Alfred Finot (1876-1946)
*Antonin & Auguste Daumlass
La Chaux de Fond et Lausanne
Strasbourg, France -
Hector Guimard (1867-1942) )
Henri Sauvage (1873-1932)
Vienna (Wiener Werkstatt) -
Barcelona, Spain -
A. L. Liberty
Archibald Knox (1864-1933)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
Turin & Milan -
Helsinky, Finland -
Riga, Iceland -
Hendrik Petrus Berlage
J. M. Olbrich
Frank Lloyd Wright
Los Angeles -
C & C Greene