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  • Victorian Gothic
    An exclusive collection of sites with a passion the darker side of the 19th century - its Gothic art, theatre, fashion/costume, literature, photography, legends, Bohemianism, and debauchery. Think of absinthe, Sarah Bernhardt, Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Ebenezer Scrooge, Alice In Wonderland, Dracula, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, la Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, steel-boned corsets, bustle gowns, top hats, walking sticks, steampunk, Oscar Wilde, Toulouse-Lautrec, the Moulin Rouge, and H.G. Wells. If you are a re-enactor, historical resource, lover of Gothic fiction, fashion designer/retailer,

  • Looking At Periods and Movements

    There are many periods and movements with in art’s history and none more recognized than Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau is a movement in art that was very characteristic with in its attributes and is still one of the more beautiful periods that we can see in pictures, furniture and antiques. It is also one of the more popular movements that are collected in the known world. Its flowing lines that were inspired by flowers, organics and curves is something that no other fifteen year peak in fashion, in history that has ever over taken any other for popularity. Art Nouveau’s influence was felt throughout the world. As it reached each shore it’s ideals were interpreted slightly differently with artists who created such splendor and beauty. The more known name of this time was Mackintosh, Tiffany, Mucha and Lalique.

    Depending on where you are in the world depends on the name that art nouveau is known by. In Germany it is known as Jugend and Jugendstil which was the name of a magazine of the times. The magazine came to life in 1896 and founded by Georg Hirth. It helped bring the style to the masses by way of visual art.  There are other names that are associated with the movement;De rigueur, Arte Nuova, Arte Joven, Lilienstil, Style Nouille, Stile Floreal, Bandwurmstil, Stile Vermicelli,  Wellenstil, Paling Stijil, Stile Liberty, Style Metro, Sezessionstil and Glasgow Style. All of these names refer to or mean Art Nouveau.

    The style was first brought to the attention of the masses by Arthur Mackmurdo in his book written in 1883. The cover depicts a classic Art Nouveau scene and it has been decided that it is the first example of Art Nouveau. The Japanese also played a big part in the creation of the Art Nouveau movement their fine lines and use of the organic fed the early painters and creator of Art Nouveau bring it to style and spreading it out.  This style was grabbed by the masses and run with it became part of your everyday life from furniture, jewelry, silver, glass, lighting, textiles, interior design, architecture and all decorative arts that were possible.  Exhibitions were held in Paris in 1900 and Italy in 1902.

    Art Nouveau paintings were often only two dimensional and were often retained to magazines, adverts, posters and labels. The Glass art of the time was championed by the Tiffany who stained glass is still a shinning beauty till this day with many people all over the world scrambling to own works of glass by Tiffany. Ceramics are best shown in Mackintosh’s work with clean lines and the rose that became his trademark. Jewelry of the period went back to basics looking to nature for it’s inspiration. Enameling and gemstone work became the trend rather than the diamond. The diamond was now used to complement the opals used rather than the other way round. Lalique in France was the best known for his jewelry creations that held nature at its heart with dragon flies and grass but he is equally know for his iridescent glass that has a “petrol” quality to it.