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(Above photo - Art Nouveau bronze statue )
Everyone is looking for a unique way to decorate the space in the home. The use of century-old statues remains the preferred method of decoration for art collectors and ordinary mortals. It isn’t right to buy just any statue. Knowing the period in which a statue was designed and produced is essential. If you care about beauty for the sake of it, then you should consider buying art nouveau statues.
What Is Art Nouveau?
(Above photo - Art Nouveau Ormolu Bust Girl - Signed Vane Deraten )
Art nouveau is a style of art that was widely practiced in Europe and America between 1890 and 1910. Even though it happened in 20 years before the First World War, art nouveau was called different names in different countries. For example, people in England called it Glasgow Style while the Germans christened it Jugendstil.
Regardless of where the artist was, the purpose of art nouveau was to modernize the design and move away from the popular historical styles. The primary inspiration for the artists was geometric, as well as organic forms of nature. As a result, they came up with elegant designs that brought together with natural, flowing forms of plant blossoms and stems.
(Above photo - Art nouveau Lalique wall plaque )
However, art nouveau didn’t just set out to create elegant pieces of art. Instead, it also aimed at doing away with the traditional superiority of sculpture and painting over craft-based arts. Months before the start of World War I, the style went out of fashion. After the First World War, a new style called art Deco came to the fore. However, during the 1960s, art nouveau made a comeback and is now considered an essential part of modernism.
Why Art Nouveau?
(Above photo - Art nouveau Flying Lady bronze statue )
1. A Break from The Past
The proponents of art nouveau sought to abandon the styles that had existed in previous centuries and usher in modernism. For the first time in the history of the world, industrial production was just springing up. However, when it comes to the decorative arts, nothing but poorly-made items was imitating past styles. Art nouveau practitioners aimed to re-emphasize the importance of excellent workmanship while raising the status of craft.
2. Elevation of Crafts
(Above photo - Bronze Art Nouveau Figurine by Paul Manship Large Garden Statue )
In previous centuries, fine arts such as sculpture and painting had been elevated over and above crafts. Thus painters and sculptors were considered better than craftsmen that worked on ironwork and furniture design. Art nouveau artists were after making crafts equal or more elevated than fine art. For example, the interior design incorporated different elements that were designed to harmoniously work together.
3. Emphasis on Functionality
(Above photo - Antique Art Nouveau Female Figurine Statue Circa 1890 )
There was a general feeling that design from earlier centuries tended to be too ornamental. For example, furniture was said to have too many frivolous decorations that had nothing to do with the item’s functionality. So, art nouveau sought to emphasize functionality over beauty. With the elevation of functionality over beauty, art nouveau was undoubtedly poised to usher in the modernist movement.
Amid a period characterized by great transformation,the artists made several art nouveau statues. The emphasis was on creating unparalleled beauty and elegance. Luckily, you will find and buy some of these statues in our shop. Welcome!
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