Inspired by Julie Powell’s success – her blog was turned into the Hollywood movie Julie and Julia featuring Meryl Streep – I have decided to start a blog about my journey into finding out everything there is to know about Art Nouveau.
Looking back at the last 25 – 30 years of my life, this blog is the only logical outcome of many inspiring discoveries, lots of travelling and meeting wonderful people. The seeds have been planted many years ago and now everything is falling into place.
My first encounter (that I am aware of) with Art Nouveau was in Paris, 1989. I fell in love with the famous Métropolitain entrances by Hector Guimard (1867-1942). A year later, my friend Rumiko-san introduced me to Emile Gallé (1846-1904) at the Kitazawa Museum of Art, in Japan. I remember the room was pitch-dark, the ceiling was low and there was no sound. Only one spot light pointed from above at a vase with a polar bear. I could almost see the bear breathe!
Years later I learned about Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), bought a beautiful book about his work and told myself I could go to Barcelona only after I finish reading the whole book… Well, Barcelona is still on my bucket list, but I’m sure I will be able to read the book within the coming year or so!
In the mean time, I did go to Prague and visit the Alfons Mucha Museum. Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) must be one of my favorite Art Nouveau artists as I can never get enough of his beautiful posters. Probably my most favorite poster is the one with Princess Hyacinth (1911), but I can also appreciate his Slav Epic, a series of twenty monumental canvases (the largest measuring over 6 by 8 meters) depicting the history of the Slav people and civilization.
Over 300 master pieces of Mucha can be seen at the website of the Mucha Foundation.
And last year (2011), when I got the chance to visit Helsinki, I must have taken nearly 1.000 photo’s of Art Nouveau architecture. Helsinki is just stuffed with Art Nouveau!
In later posts, I will try to figure out what is what, and who made it, but for now, I just want to show you some examples of the wonderful buildings I found in Helsinki, Finland.
Since I can not travel all year around, and this blog (as well as any possible reader) deserves more than 5 posts a year, I am planning to investigate my hometown Dordrecht for Art Nouveau objects. Along the way, I hope to learn a lot and maybe I can finish this project with a listing of all Art Nouveau in Dordrecht and a guide explaining the objects in detail… To give you an idea of what beautiful objects can be found in Dordrecht, I have a really nice example for you here:
Anyways, whether my blog is going to have many followers or none, I am 100% sure that I am going to enjoy this! Feel free to correct me, give me advice or ask me questions any time. Join me on this journey into Art Nouveau!
That was 4 years ago… Since then só much has happened! I have studied heaps of books about Art Nouveau, traveled to beautiful places and visited some excellent museums. At the same time, I was busy restoring our very own Art Nouveau family home and searching the whole world for authentic materials to period decorate our home.
And I found beautiful materials! Wallpapers, upholstery fabrics, rugs, tiles, lace panels and lots and lots more… But none of it in my own country. That’s when I decided to start my own business and import these beautiful products. I wanted to help other home owners with their period decorating in Art Nouveau style too. Maison l’Art Nouveau was established on the 1st of January 2016 and has been a success since day one! What a wonderful feeling to have been able to turn my passion for Art Nouveau into a full-time job!
French journalist Claude Mandraut, who blogs about Architecture and loves Art Nouveau just as much as I, published an interview with me about my passion for Art Nouveau. If you can read French, you can read the interview by clicking here.
I was interviewed by Antoinette Martin for a Magazine called Gazette Passion Art Nouveau. The interview starts at page 38 when you open this link:
* You can watch the trailer of Julie and Julia: https://youtu.be/ozRK7VXQl-k
Robert Young (@rpy_young) said:
This sounds a really interesting project. Look foward to updates particularly of your home town which I am sure has many examples being such a pretty place. Good Luck. RPY
Thanks Bob… Hope I can show the nicest examples in Dordrecht one day to you and Janet!
Interested to hear about the Kitizawa museum. When I was in Japan I saw the Art Nouveau Museum in Takayama, now I have another to look for if/when I go back.
Nice to know about your interest and commitment for the art and specifically Art Nouveau. Thanks for liking my post as well. Please do keep coming to have some travel insights from around the world.
Oh, NOW I see how you got into this. My bad for asking before I read the “about” page.
That’s okay. Thanks for reading my posts. It’s nice to know people are actually reading what I write…
What a wonderful site! I too am an Art Nouveau lover, enjoy learning all about it, and chase it around the world. Can’t wait to read more. All the best, Terri
Thanks Terri, I too love to read about discoveries of fellow Art Nouveau lovers… Only one downside… it makes my bucket list grow longer and longer… Don’t think I can ever complete visiting all the places on my list! But that’s okay…. as long as I can read and/or keep traveling! So, please keep ‘m coming!
One Girl, One Suitcase said:
Hi, I have nominated you for this blog award. Keep up the good work:)
Se the nomination here http://www.onegirlonesuitcase.com/sisterhood-world-bloggers-award/
Martin de la Iglesia said:
Interesting concept. Make sure to check out Winsor McCay some day.
Thank you for your kind information. I didn’t know Winsor McCay. It looks like fun reading his Little Nemo comics. Thanks again!
Hi Art Nouveau, I am nominating you for the Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog.The rules of the competition are:
The nominate must provide a link to the person who nominated them. Here is my link:
Provide 11 facts about yourself.
Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.
Anne-Lise Alleaume said:
How can I contact you (mail address)?
All my best,
Anne-Lise from the Réseau Art Nouveau Network
Arjun Jain said:
Do you know where I can buy old art nouveau magazine covers or whole magazines like the Jugend and Pan?
You can try this shop for poster and covers: http://www.galeriestylo.nl
But complete magazines… I don’t know. Most likely at auctions, I think. But I know someone who may know. I’ll ask for you..
Arjun Jain said:
Thanks a lot. I may be visiting London in September. So maybe we can meet if I can make it to Netherlands.
Arjun, I just stumbled upon a site where you can buy Jugend magazine: http://www.jugendmagazine.net/
By the way, you can browse and download complete issues of Jugend from the University of Heidelberg’s digital archives.
Arjun Jain said:
Wow. I cannot thank you enough. I just emailed the first website to ask for prices, and the second website is brilliant. Again, thanks a lot.
By the way, would you be knowing of the kind of music that inspired Art Nouveau artists? Being a guitarist myself, I’m interested.
Arjun Jain said:
Hello. I will be visiting the UK in a couple of weeks and wanted to know about where I can see some Art Nouveau art and architecture while there.
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Arnaud de la Losa said:
I’m now so proud to have met you in Paris today, in front of Hôtel Monttsessuy. Your blog is so incredible with so many information. It’s great, and I will learn many things on Art Nouveau. Thank’s a lot!
It was a pleasure to meet you too, and I am very happy that you decided to read my blog. During our 3 days in Paris, I took about 1.000 photo’s of Art Nouveau, so you will be seeing the result of our trip here in due course…. Hopefully, you’ll like my report… Thanks for reading, and keep in touch!
Arnaud De La Losa said:
After meeting you in Paris, I decided to publish a web album with my photos on Art Nouveau. Of course, you’ll recognize most of them because they represent obvious Art Nouveau buildings, but I hope you do not know some of them! If you wish, you can have a look here: https://plus.google.com/photos/109437225119046539445/albums/6049746379591804065
Wow, you have already been to SOOO many countries! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures Arnaud.
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Reinhard Reinders said:
take a look at this hotel in germany, in 56841 Traben-Trarbach, Moselle – http://bellevue-hotel.de/en/the-art-nouveau-and-the-bellevue/
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Very interesting, informative, well-researched and well-written blog. I enjoyed exploring here.
Say, are you familiar with Bradbury & Bradbury wallpapers? Google them.
But I think you would particularly like the papers by Trustworth Studios. A lot of A&C and lots of Nouveau and other cool, cool stuff. Look them up.
Hi Wallpaper lady!
As a matter of fact, I dó know both companies. This ‘About’ page was written years ago; in the mean time I have learned so much that I have decided to share my knowledge on a professional level too. I am now in the process of setting up a small business called ‘Maison l’Art Nouveau’. The core business will be Copywriting / Translating for others, about Art Nouveau. And with my years of experience in our restauration project I gathered só much information about Period Decorating that I decided to offer my help to people who are restoring their own Art Nouveau / Jugendstil home too.
The website of my new company is still ‘under construction’ but you can have a look at http://www.maisonartnouveau.nl (At the moment only in Dutch). And I am going to represent Bradbury & Bradbury in The Netherlands; I have their samples already with me. Trustworth is a bit too A&C to my liking, but I have them on my radar. If that is what my customer would like, I know where to find them!
Anyways, if you find any other Art Nouveau decorating manufacturers, please let me know!
Thank you for your kind words, and for taking your time to write to me about the wallpapers. I do appreciate it very much. I love wallpaper!
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oeht ed hgiur said:
Thanks for your regular updates on Art Nouveau:
As Amsterdam is a little bit urnderrated concerning Art Nouveau (Deco) and it is locally known as The Amsterdam School, I will point you out to the website of Klaas Schoof (Amsterdam Architecture) and especially to the section of 4.7.1 Amsterdamse School – Jugendstil/Art Nouveau en Art Deco
You can find it here:
Hope you will find it interresting.
You are right about Amsterdam Art Nouveau and The Amsterdam School. Not many people are aware of it (yet). So, thank you for sharing the link with us here. I will share the link on my Facebook page too!
Personally, I try to write about it regularly, like in my recent post about the exhibition “Living in the Amsterdam School”. And if you click on “Amsterdam” (on the left side of this page) you can find all the other articles I wrote regarding Amsterdam.
Thank you for reading!
I am a french journalist (a woman), Claude Mandraut. And I am fond of Art nouveau and trips. I created a travel and culture blog, City Breaks AAA+ (https://citybreaksaaa.com) where I write about my travels and as soon as I can about Art nouveau. I would like to write “portraits” of people who have a blog and write on topics I am interested in. I have suscribed to your blog months ago because you give very interesting informations about Art nouveau and I follow you on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
So, I would like to write a portrait on you (your story, where you live, what is you profession, how you became interested in Art nouveau, how you manage your blog, what it changed in your life, etc…). If you agree, I will send you the questions in english and I will translate your answers in french.
Can you tell me what you think about this kind of portrait ?
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Thank you for your kind words about my blog About Art Nouveau. And thank you for the honour. I would love to do this project with you! Introducing yourself was quite unnecessary as I know very well who you are! I have been following you on all those platforms too. And I ‘read’ the article you wrote for Ramona’s magazine last year. I have a hard time reading French, but your articles are accompanied by excellent photo’s always. Just send me your questions via firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to answer them for you.
Imre Balint said:
Recognized as a core blog in the art nouveau area
We send congratulations from Hungary!
I’ve been planning to write to you for a long time
For several years, we publish studies in principal about hungarian
Art Nouveau. Our Secession Magazine is the initiator of the World Day
of Art Nouveau ih 2013. In 2017, now again, in June 10th we organized a professional conference. Here is the invitation.
We look forward to it!
Bálint Imre, redactor
Thank you for your kind words Imre! You’re too kind. I have shared your program in the Facebook event I created for World Art Nouveau Day. I only wish I could be there too. The program looks fantastic! I wish you a superb conference, and a wonderful World Art Nouveau Day!
Peter Kellow said:
Check this out
Victoria Martinez said:
What a great site. I found it when you “liked” my recent blog post about the Sarah Bernhardt Mucha/Fouquet serpent bracelet. So glad to connect with you and look forward to browsing your beautiful site and seeing future posts.
Franklin Bobadilla said:
Catherine Boone said:
I really thank you for your comment and share of my blog about Geo Henderick.
I have also written an article about the house of Albert Ciamberlani: https://catherineboone.blogspot.be/2017/01/paul-hankar-en-huis-ciamberlani-knap-staaltje-art-nouveau-in-elsene.html
I hope you like it too
Many greetings Catherine Boone
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Excellent, I will share that blog on my facebook page too! Let me know if you publish about another Art Nouveau object!
Olga Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On your recommendation I order a scarf from Rosberg Art Scarves on Feb. 2. They took the money from my credit card and NEVER sent the scarf. They also have not responded to 5 emails from me asking about my order. It seems they are fake!!! please reconsider recommending them on your site. They stole my money!!!!!!!!!! I am furious.
Can you please send me an e-mail ( to email@example.com ) and the name that you used to place your order and your order number? Then I can contact them on your behalf with all details at once. Any info you have regarding your order would help me. I’m sure it will be okay.
magnifique, SPLENDID blog… glad I’ve come across it via a Facebook friend! 🙂
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my very best for this brand new year, bonne continuation and oceans of inspiration… friendly greetings, Mélanie
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Hi Mélanie, thank you for your kind words! Best wishes for you as well. Please spread the word and come back soon. Kind regards, Olga
Thank you very much for your time and attention during your visit at Brafa : it is really a great overview of what you can discover about Art Nouveau in the fair. I also found interresting jewels from that period.
All the best and let’s keep in touch !
Frank – Galerie Alexis Bordes
Steve Stout said:
I do see the potential for an Art Nouveau revival. One reason it fell out of favor is the extreme level of artistic work required and its skyrocketing cost. With the advent of computer graphics and 3D printing, much of the labor cost may be reduced. For instance, 3D printing of concrete buildings is emerging as an interesting possibility.
I’m hoping to find someone who wants to design Art Nouveau architecture. I potentially have a project that would require an overview of the architectural design of a large and unique venue. One of the most recent examples like this is the architecture in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, specifically the elven city of Rivendell. It’s an odd request, but where might I find such a fanciful architect/designer?
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Olga Harmsen said:
Hi Steve, I dó have the perfect architect for you! His name is Oleg Karlson. He lives in Moscow, but is willing to work anywhere, he told me before. I will send his contact-details to you by e-mail. Exciting!
Volker Mölle said:
Ich würde Dir gerne noch einige Infos zu AMPHORA Teplitz als Autor eines Buches und Nachfahre der Gründer geben, benötige Deine EMAIL-Adresse.
Olga Harmsen said:
Lieber Volker, meine E-Mail-Adresse lautet firstname.lastname@example.org
Friedemann Schäfer said:
Dear Mrs. Harmsen, thank you very much for your wonderful blog! I enjoy it very much. If you like to know, I am living in the city of Karlsruhe (near Heidelberg), one of the birthplaces of Art Nouveau in Germany. My website is – besides my guided tours through Karlsruhe – in short about Art Nouveau in Germany, also in English: https://jugendstil-in-karlsruhe.de/what-is-art-nouveau.html. Yours sincerely, Friedemann Schäfer
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