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From the 1890s through the turn of the century, there was a flourishing of new, imaginative art and craft throughout Europe that we now know as Art Nouveau. The Netherlands experienced an inventive variant of this art and design phenomenon, but until now it has been largely overshadowed by its counterparts in other countries, especially France. This richly illustrated bookFrom the 1890s through the turn of the century, there was a flourishing of new, imaginative art and craft throughout Europe that we now know as Art Nouveau. The Netherlands experienced an inventive variant of this art and design phenomenon, but until now it has been largely overshadowed by its counterparts in other countries, especially France. This richly illustrated book is the first in English to celebrate the Dutch contribution to Art Nouveau through a tour of more than 100 works on paper--posters, decorative calendars and illustrated books, as well as prints and drawings. These innovative works of graphic design reveal the progressive Dutch artists' conscious reaction against the past, their inspiration in natural forms and exotic cultures, and their embrace of the principle that art should transform everyday life. They also show how the New Art--Nieuwe Kunst in Dutch--coexisted and sometimes intertwined in the Netherlands with other artistic strands, including persistent realist trends, Symbolism and the emergence of modernism. Included here are early drawings by well-known artists Vincent van Gogh and Bart van der Leck, as well as new discoveries from Jan Toorop, Theo Nieuwenhuis, Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, Theo Hoytema, G. W. Dijsselhof and C. A. Lion Cachet. This beautifully illustrated book is the first in English to celebrate the Dutch contribution to Art Nouveau through a tour of over one hundred posters, decorative calendars, and illustrated books, as well as prints and drawings. With text by Clifford S. Ackley, one of the leading specialists on Dutch prints and drawings, Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau provides a fascinating and visually rewarding introduction to a rich and creative artistic era....

Title : Holland on Paper: In the Age of Art Nouveau
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ISBN : 9780878467990
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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  • Philippe
    2019-04-03 01:03

    A gorgeous book this is. Everything about it breathes exquisite taste and care. Designer Susan Marsh and typesetter Tina Henderson created the perfect foil for this unique collection of Dutch Art Nouveau prints from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curator Clifford Ackley signed for the 2013-14 exhibition concept and contributed a no-nonsense introductory essay and thoughtful notes accompanying each of the presented works.The frontispiece is Jan Toorop's 1894 'salad oil' poster for the Nederlandse Olie Fabriek, an image that became so iconic that Art Nouveau in Holland was often dubbed the 'slaolie stijl' (salad oil style). There is inevitably a lot of the polymorphous Toorop in this book, and none the worse for it. Jan Toorop: Sick Child (1898)The real discovery for me were the astonishing animal prints of Theo Van Hoytema. His Angora Rabbits and White Egrets lithographs (1898), evocative of Chinese monochrome ink paintings, are arresting works, no doubt amongst the best that Art Nouveau/Jugendstil has to offer. Amongst the many other highlights are Lion Cachet's batik-inspired Good Samaritan (1896), Theo Niewenhuis's Botanical Studies, Schelfhout's proto-cubist Tree near a Lake (1913) and Holst's 1918 poster for Faust. This book was an excellent springboard for an extensive session of pinning and googling, which led to a renewed appreciation for the scope and sophistication of the Dutch Art Nouveau scene. By the way, I bought this treasurable tome at a deep discount price in the Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Arts' well-stocked bookshop.