Art Nouveau

The French Aesthetic

Victor Arwas

Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic covers all aspects of Art Nouveau in France in 624 authoritative pages and 740 illustrations.

305 x 262 mm

624 pages


Cloth binding with slipcase

ISBN: 978-1-901092-37-0


Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year, 2002

Subject: Art & Design

Rarely has a subject been served by a book of this stature. Five years in the making, it covers all aspects of Art Nouveau in France in 624 authoritative pages and 740 illustrations, mostly in colour. Arwas traces the evolution of the movement as it developed, primarily in Nancy and Paris, with the help of carefully chosen illustrations, many never published before. Ranging from the 1900 Paris Exhibition to Paintings, Graphics and Posters and such collecting fields as Furniture, Jewellery, Glass, Ceramics, Book Bindings and Sculpture, the informative, witty text ranges over Architecture, Haute Couture, and the role of Women in Art Nouveau with a particular look at such Theatrical Ikons as Sarah Bernhardt, Loïe Fuller and the Grandes Horizontales. Destined to become the standard book on the subject, both content and design will appeal widely to the connoisseur, the specialist and the collector as well as to the novice who will be introduced to the magical wonders of the style. Detailed biographies of the artists featured, translations of contemporary texts and the bibliography lead to a full understanding of the period.

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Victor Arwas

Victor Arwas was one of the leading scholars and experts in the fine and decorative arts from the late nineteenth century onwards. He wrote over twenty books, including Glass Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Art Deco, and Art Deco Sculpture as well as monographs on individual artists. Several of his books are the standard works on their subject. He lectured widely, broadcasting on television and radio, organised many international exhibitions, and helped form several museum and private collections through his gallery, Editions Graphiques in London.

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