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At the turn of the nineteenth century, Art Nouveau was both Europe and America's boldest and most fashionable style. It could be seen in the sinuous ironwork of the new Paris Metro stations, the curving asymmetry of Lalique's jewellery and Tiffany's Japanese-inspired glassware. Art Nouveau brought a new decorative language to furniture, jewellery and graphic arts, as well as architecture, sculpture and painting. Known by a variety of names - Jugendstil in Germany, Secession style in Austria, the Modernista movement in Catalonia - it was a truly international new art for an explosive new age. This is the first book to examine Art Nouveau worldwide in the context of the issues of the time: from fin-de-siecle anxieties about the pressures of modern life to nationalism, spiritualism, the emancipation of women and the heroic cult of youth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714838229
ISBN-10: 0714838225
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 160mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anne Bechard-Leaute

Educated at Cambridge University, Stephen Escritt is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts. He is co-author of Art Deco Style, also pubilshed by Phaidon

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