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Dekorative Vorbilder


Richard Kühnel. Some of the Art Nouveau plates from Dekorative Vorbilder, a series devoted to the decorative arts published in Germany from 1895 on. The interior design suggestion above has me wondering whether there’s ever been another period of design when it’s seemed quite natural (so to speak) to offer a giant insect and monstrous […]

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Combinaisons Ornementales


After writing about Charles J Strong’s Book of Designs a couple of days ago, it seems pertinent to point the way to a far more essential Art Nouveau design book which can also be found at the Internet Archive. Combinaisons Ornementales was a collaboration between Maurice Verneuil, George Auriol and Alphonse Mucha published in 1901, […]

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The Boy Who Drew Cats


An illustrated book from circa 1926 at the NYPL Digital Gallery. Art by T Hasegawa, words by Lafcadio Hearn. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The illustrators archive Previously on { feuilleton } • 8 out of 10 cats prefer absinthe • Monsieur Chat

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Sample designs from Prismes : 40 planches de dessins et coloris nouveaux (1931) by EA Séguy. Another great print set at NYPL Digital Gallery. Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Thayaht, 1893–1959 • The Mentor • The art of Cassandre, 1901–1968 • The Decorative Age • The World in 2030

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The Modern Poster by Will Bradley (1895). A selection from the NYPL Digital Gallery. There’s more by the great Will Bradley (1868–1962) here. Abstract design based on peacock feathers by Maurice Verneuil (1900?). Pavo; Lophophorus (1834–1837). Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The illustrators archive Previously on { feuilleton } • Rene Beauclair • Elizabetes […]

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La belle sans nom


La belle sans nom (1900). An illustration by French artist Manuel Orazi (1860–1934) from Figaro illustré for a story by Jean Rameau. Via NYPL Digital Gallery. It’s good to see something else by Orazi other than advertising illustration. His astonishing work for Austin De Croze’s 1895 Calendrier Magique (below) can be seen in full at […]

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Berenice Abbott


Manhattan Skyline: I. South Street and Jones Lane, Manhattan. March 26, 1936. I love Berenice Abbott’s photographs of New York in the 1930s which capture the city in transition from a world of 19th century brownstones to the more familiar high-rise skyline. Dover Publications produced their own collection of her photos which I used as […]

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Rene Beauclair


Bijoux modernes (c. 1900) from a series of Art Nouveau designs by Rene Beauclair. As usual the peacock caught my attention on this page. There’s more by Beauclair at the NYPL Digital Gallery Previously on { feuilleton } • Elizabetes Iela 10b, Riga • The Divine Sarah • Whistler’s Peacock Room • Lalique’s dragonflies • […]

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