Art Nouveau Glass

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Art Nouveau Glass: A short explanation:

Art Nouveau was a style of decoration popular in the 1890's and 1900's lasting until War broke out in Europe in 1914. It uses free flowing motifs based on nature.

Geofrey Warren captured the essence of Art Nouveau with the words: "Think of a sensuous line: of a flowing line: a line which bends and turns back on itself. Think of the feminine form, rounded and curving. Think of plant forms growing and burgeoning. Think of flowers in bud, in over-blown blossom, as seed pods. Think of ....waves, think of women's hair, think of twisting smoke."

Art Nouveau glass was made by many great artists, including Emile Galle, Louis C. Tiffany, the Daum brothers at Daum Nancy, Muller Freres, Loetz, and the Powells at Whitefriars(amongst others).

In Germany this style is called Jugenstil and in Italy Floreal or Liberty; in Austria it is called Secessionstil; and in France it was often called Modern Style. The name Art Nouveau is derived from a Paris gallery called 'Maison de L'Art Nouveau', which played a role in displaying and popularising this style.

Art Nouveau was in part a reaction to the Victorian passion for imitating earlier styles like Classical and Renaissance, Baroque and Rococco styles. Imitations of works of art from the past seemed to give the Victorians a sense of security and confidence in their own affluence. Art Nouveau was something fresh, entirely new, and a break-away from the old traditions. It was also in part a reaction to the perceived ugliness and despair of the machine age; art nouveau was "a blaze of invention, fantasy and audacity" (Buffet-Challie).

The new style which took Europe and the USA by storm for such a brief period was bold, original, creative, and flamboyant. It was applied to furniture, jewellery, printing, glass, ceramics, and even buildings. It grew out of the "Arts and Crafts" movement and was replaced after little more than 20 years, by the "Art Deco" period which followed in the 1920's.

But during that brief period glass artists in Europe and the USA created some brilliant works of art in glass. Some of the finest art glass every made comes from the Art Nouveau period.


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References and Sources:

Here is a selection of books on Art Nouveau glass that you may find helpful.

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Art Nouveau Arwas glass Art Nouveau Glass book Venini glass book Arwas glass book Phoenix Art glass book Legend of Bohemian Glass Book on Carder and Steuben glass Tiffany book Daum glass book Bohemian Glass book by the Truitts Art Nouveau Glass by Grover 1967

  • Glass: Art nouveau to Art Deco (Dec 87) by Victor Arwas. This is a great book on art glass, covering all the major glassworks and glass artists of the art nouveau and art deco period. The book is large format, very thick, hard to find and sometimes expensive, but in my view, one of the best.
  • Symbolism in Art Nouveau: The Work of Emile Galle (Jan 2014) by Zara Ellis. Short book available on kindle (e-book) looks at Galle's career, the Paris exhibition, his symbolism and methods.
  • The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany (Oct 2012) by Martin Eidelberg. A popular book in a smaller more affordable format, great pictures.
  • The Art of Glass: Art nouveau to Art Deco (Sept 97) by Victor Arwas. Stunning pictures covering the major glass producers of the art nouveau and art deco periods, including the work of Galle, Tiffany, Daum Nancy, Loetz, Moser, Argy-Rousseau, Leveille, Webb, Powell-Whitefriars, Joblings and Stevens-Williams.
  • Tiffany Favrile Art Glass (Mar 97) by Moise S. Steeg (Schiffer Book for Collectors). Louis C Tiffany produced masterpieces in glass in the art nouveau style.
  • Daum: masters of French decorative Glass (1992) by Clotilde Dacri, Noel Daum and Claude Petry. Stunning photographs and masses of information about Daum and the glass they made, much of it during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.
  • Collectible Bohemian Glass: 1880-1940, by Robert and Deborah Truitt, 1995. An excellent book on art nouveau glass from Bohemia.


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