It was suggested by Michaela, that I should research into a Czech artist – Alphonse Mucha, if I was interested in Art Nouveaux. Michaela knew of this artist as they had lived in the same city and she had previously researched him herself.
So, the internet research starts here:
Alphonse Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, most well known for his images of women. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements and designs. – Direct Excerpt taken from Website above on 15/01/2016
Most famously known are his images of four beautifully elegant ladies – painted to portray ‘Four Seasons’ – Below:
However I feel inspired by another of his works ‘Dance’ – Below
This piece, to me, depicts the nature of the topic – New Horizons. Not only does it encompass the idea of a horizon ( The large sculpted ‘whiplash’ curve, forming an arch above the lady; It also seems to me that the female is b’basking’ in the radiance/essence of the occasion. Almost opulant in her very simplicity, both of style and form, she appears to be taken aback by a view, lay beyond the archway before her. Perhaps this is a depiction of ‘opening new doorways’ or at least in my mind this is how I see it.
Art Nouveaux, whilst ultimately elegant, and I believe timeless, was actually a very short art period lasting roughly from 1890-1910. With it overlapping the Century and seeing the Edwardian Era emerge, It really does speak to me of New Horizons; New Art-New Century-New Era.
Art Nouveaux Architure UK – Direct excerpt : Although Art Nouveau originated in England from the Arts and Crafts movement, the movement influenced very little architecture in the country. The most recognised designers of art nouveau in England include the graphic artist Aubrey Beardsley, A. H. Mackmurdo, Charles Ricketts, Walter Crane, and in Scotland the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.The Edwardian era or Edwardian period in Great Britain is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910, and is sometimes extended beyond Edward’s death to include the four years leading up to World War I. The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 marked the end of the Victorian era.
Given that I wish to create a sculptural piece, I wanted to look more at architecture and furniture designs from this time period, rather than that of pictures and fashion, although art Nouveaux really led the march for modern graphical design, I really want a large piece that really shows the depth of feeling I get from the style.
Woodwork for a dining room by Alexandre Charpentier between 1900 and 1901, Artist /attribute:
“Salle à manger de la propriété Bénard par Alexandre Charpentier (musée dOrsay) (6691946743)” by dalbera from Paris, France – Salle à manger de la propriété Bénard par Alexandre Charpentier (musée d’Orsay). Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salle_%C3%A0_manger_de_la_propri%C3%A9t%C3%A9_B%C3%A9nard_par_Alexandre_Charpentier_(mus%C3%A9e_dOrsay)_(6691946743).jpg#/media/File:Salle_%C3%A0_manger_de_la_propri%C3%A9t%C3%A9_B%C3%A9nard_par_Alexandre_Charpentier_(mus%C3%A9e_dOrsay)_(6691946743).jpg
Casa Batlló is Antonio Gaudi’s most famous building // Art Nouveau in Europe – above, picture taken from Google 15.01.2016
Tassel House, by Victor Horta. Art Nouveau. Bay window on exterior, organic shapes, wrought iron used in various organic shapes in ornamentation.: Brussels Belgium. – above – Link to website accessed 15.01.2016