This is my latest trophy. I found it at a secondhand bookstore last week and paid €3,- for it. Unfortunately for most of you it’s written in Dutch, but for the Dutch it really is a ‘must-have’. The book is informative, interesting, lucid and complete. An excellent book!
Each Grand Tour travel guide focusses on one particular art movement and this one focusses on… Art Nouveau.
After a more general Introduction to Art Nouveau, the guide contains – neatly arranged per country and per city – all practical information you need to visit museums and other buildings while en route. (Of course the opening hours of the museums are no longer reliable as this is a 1992 book, but as buildings don’t tend to move, I find the rest of the information still very useful.)
Besides the practical information there’s interesting background information about the social, cultural and economic situation in each country, as well as most important artists, their patrons and their role in the development of the movement.
After having read this book, you can start planning your Grand Tour along your favourite Art Nouveau places in Europe.
Included in the book are
England and Scotland – Brighton, Glasgow, Hellensburgh, London
France – Paris, Nancy
Belgium – Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent
The Netherlands – Amsterdam, Assen, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, Kampen, Leeuwarden, Otterlo, Hoenderlo, Utrecht
Austria – Vienna
Germany – Berlin, Darmstadt, Hagen, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, München
Spain – Barcelona
Czech Republic – Prague
More details about the book are
Title: Grand Tour Kunstreisgidsen Art Nouveau Jugendstil
Subtitle: Internationale Gids voor Architectuur – Beeldende Kunst – Toegepaste Kunst
Author: Flos Wildschut