Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry
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"A new, imperishable beauty," was how the artist and architect Henry van de Velde described it. Rejecting the rigid naturalism typical of European decorative arts, designers such as René Lalique and Henry van de Velde, and the artists of the German Jugenstil and Austrian Wiener Sezession movements, created ornaments that expressed the spirit and freedom of the era. Paintings, prints, posters and textiles fill out the presentation, making this book as rich and intoxicating as the aesthetic it portrays.. But underlying the undeniable exuberance of these works was a fin-de-sicle edginess that endows this period with inexhaustible fascination. Many of the designers associated with the movement sought their inspiration not in traditional jewelry, but in the work of the pre-Raphaelites and Impressionis
"enviable collection of art nouveau jewelry" according to Ivor E. Zetler. How lucky to be the owner of this fabulous collection of jewelry. My wife Julie, the jewel authority in the family, was in raptures when examining the illustrations in this catalogue. "I would be happy to own just one of these treasures" was her lament (or hint!).The anonymous owner of this collection of the 79 jewels on display must have a good eye and presumably deep pockets. There is an abundance of gold, diamonds, pearls and other precious minerals in most of the items. There is also the great craftmanship involved in the design and manufacture of these intr. Gorgeous book ruined by bad printing Sandal The photography and the curating of this book are fabulous, or more specifically the photography must have been fabulous before it was ruined by a very bad print job.I was thrilled to get this but returned the first copy because there were pages bent and creased during the binding process, and a couple of pages with errant ink spots and one badly smudged page. I asked for a replacement only to be disappointed again.With the replacement copy the first thing I saw is really, really bad registration on the end papers. Okay, they're end papers but still, the registr. Britt Le Bonzo said The Best Book For The Money. This book truly surpassed my expectations. The photography, selection of jewelry, and book design are ALL outstanding! This would be my #1 choice if I could only afford to buy one lavish book on Art Nouveau Jewelry .