The Nature of Dreams: England and the Formation of Art Nouveau

ISBN: 9781916133617
Author(s): Paul Greenhalgh
Format: paperback
Year published: 2020
Publisher: Sainsbury Centre
Publisher Location: Norwich
Total Pages: 152
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout


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Published to accompany a major new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, this book examines the spectacular and controversial vision of art practice that raged across the Western world from the end of the 19th century: Art Nouveau.

The role of nature is a key focus of the exhibition. The common theme of translating plants into patterns will be explored as a defining feature of the modern style. Art and objects will represent Art Nouveau from different countries, where it appeared characterised as flowing, tensile line, and dramatic movement, or by organic imagery combined with an informal geometry.

Artists and designers include René Lalique, Edgar Degas, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris; Alphonse Mucha and Gabriel Dante Rossetti.


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