Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nouveau meets Deco

If you love Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Prague is the place to be. Many building facades and interiors feature works of art from these two art eras.

Alphonse Mucha was Czech and the founding father of Art Nouveau. My hubby and I visited the Mucha museum, which is dedicated to his life's work. Although small, the museum was packed full of his art and history about this man who brought us Art Nouveau. It was a delightful experience to see many of his most notable works in one collection. His advertisement posters featuring Sarah Bernhardt were simply stunning.

Although much of Mucha's later works focussed on Czech identity and political upheaval, you wouldn't know it at first since initial impressions seem to indicate otherwise.

Art Deco, which first appeared in Paris in the 1920s, is quite apparent on many of the building facades in Prague. I never really spent time appreciating these two art forms until I visited Prague. They are just so pervasive here that it's hard not to notice.

In Prague, Art Deco is more geometric and has a modern, sometimes industrial (and at times classical) feel, while Art Nouveau seems to evoke feelings of playfulness, is more organic in its presentation and uses an abundance of color.

Although the art forms are such a contrast, they work so well together here. It is almost more than the eyes can take in.

I have included a photo of an Art Deco chandelier located in the Czech Cubism musuem shop and a photo of the window of the Mucha museum to show their differences and their harmony. I could easily hang a Mucha poster in the same room as the chandelier. How stunning would that look? Oh how I wish I could afford them and get them safely home.

Na shledanou,

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