It has been discovered that Victor Horta and Van Gogh knew each other

A largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. A tantalising and largely overlooked postscript in a letter suggests that Vincent van Gogh knew the young Victor Horta, who would eventually become the celebrated Art Nouveau and Art Deco architect. At the end…

About the names of Art Nouveau (work in progress)

Since Art Nouveau became popular in various countries in Europe, the movement gained different regional and sometimes even local names. Most popular names are Art Nouveau, Jugedstil, Secession, Modernisme and Moderisme, but more name exist all over the world. Austria: Secessionstil, Sezessionstil, Secession or Sezession or Viennese Secession Belgium: Art Nouveau Catalonia: Modernisme Czech Republic…

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Art Nouveau, the triumph of beauty – in Torino until January 26

Art Nouveau is the protagonist of a major exhibition at the Venaria Reale in Turin until January 26th. “Art nouveau. The triumph of Beauty” is an ode to this artistic movement that with its stylized floral forms has overwhelmed and changed the taste of the late nineteenth century, from painting to music. It was 1902…

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Who was Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939)?

During his life Alphonse Mucha was an interior designer and decorator, graphic designer, illustrator and painter, both from poster and paintings. Born in Moravia (Czech Republic, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), he was the son of a bailiff. His father wanted to make him his successor, but his love for drawing since childhood was be…

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Lviv, a hidden gem of Art Nouveau

Lviv is located in the far west of Ukraine, 470km away from its capital Kiev and just 50km from the Polish border. Not only it has a Unesco World Heritage status but it is probably Europe’s most hidden Art Nouveau gem. Sincerely, It looks as if only art and architecture historians are paying some attention to it. When…

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Lutetia Hotel in Paris opened last summer – the Paris Art Nouveau hotel

Hotel Lutetia reopened its doors in Paris last summer after a long rehabilitation process and currently is one of the most popular hotels for the affluent tourists with an interest in Art Nouveau. It embodies the historical beauty of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Lutetia is a monument to the glory…

One of the most popular Art Nouveau doors ever is under renovation

The popular Belgium Art Noveau “Glassmaker’s House” in Rue du Lac 6, Ixelles is under renovation and not fit for habitation. This private house has circular windows, super stained glass and a lovely 2nd-floor balcony. The house has a monumental staircase Art Nouveau frontage, running along a very large stained glass window, occupying a large part…

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The triumph of beauty by Mucha – in Turin until January 20

The exhibition showcases posters, paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics from the beginning of the twentieth century and is on display from today April 17th it in the Palace of Venaria (Torino, Italy). It examines pivotal role of French artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) telling how he exploited the advertising poster to create a new movement in…

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Alphonse Mucha exhibition in China – In Shangai until July 21

The exhibition “Czech Treasure Art Nouveau Maestro: Aphonse Mucha Retrospective” in Pearl Art Museum, Shangai, is the first major one taking place in China. It features over 200 artworks from the collection, including posters, drawings, decorative works, jewelry and sculpture as well as books and photographs, some of which have never been shown in public…