Thursday, June 14

Art Nouveau Balcony: An Integrating Modern Style

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As you know Art Nouveau distintive features are the use of ornamental shapes and patterns, mainly organic like these animals protruding from the balcony. Art Nouveau was as an international art movement with different names: Jugendstil, in Germany, Stile Liberty in Italy, Sezession in Austria and Modernismo in Spain. It integrates different streams in art and design. For example see this balcony, the abundance of motifs is almost Baroque in style and that bird might as well stand for a gargoyle on any gothic cathedral but at the same time all those characteristic natural elements seem to writhe and adopt impossible innovative forms breaking all previous canons. Most of all it is an emphasis on decorative arts based upon craftsmanship that goes hand in hand with symbolism, a consequence of industrial revolution, the constant search for modernity and the rupture with XIX historicism in arts.

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Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

I once studied these medieval creatures when doing manuscript illumination. I found the old monks had way too much time on their hands and their creations must have come from nightmares.

I like your picture today. Lots of memories there.

Abraham Lincoln
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