Art Nouveau is one of my favorite art styles. It just encompasses so many things. I mean, it wasn’t just paintings. It was everything. Furniture, architecture, advertisements. EVERYTHING made beautiful. Even hair brushes.
Honestly. Who makes hair brushes that pretty now? Maybe it’s a little bourgeois (am I using this word right?). It’s fairly excessive. And obviously, I love it. I want everything to be beautiful. Why shouldn’t it be?
Common theme, I think nature is beautiful. Art Nouveau totally borrows from nature, like all over the place.
Alphonse Mucha. Alphonse Mucha. I love his stuff so much. I have seen so many people copy his style. AND I LOVE THEIR STUFF TOO!!! It’s just so pretty. The curves and the color. I don’t care if it means anything or not. It’s just beautiful and I like to stare at it. That can be a thing, right?
I bought this poster at a college poster sale my freshman or sophomore year. It hung over my bed until I graduated. I had never heard of Mucha before. I was immediately in love.
I just found that website while looking for pictures AND APPARENTLY YOU CAN BUY PRINTS OF ALL OF HIS WORK AND I’M CRYING. Obviously, I know what I’m putting on my Christmas list.
And if I had a library, I’d totally put as much of the Slav Epic throughout the room.
Also, shout out to Wikipedia for making it super easy to reference back to the picture’s source: HERE!!!
I want to end this on a happy note because I love his art work so much. But, even though he lived to the ripe old age of 78, people thought his work was outdated. Also, he died from a lung infection after being interrogated by the Gestapo.
Happy note? Look at this awesome drawing of his daughter (got a bit of a teenaged glare going there, like “ugh, dad, stop drawing me.”):