Designers, collectors, and Art Nouveau aficionados will treasure this original collection of 100 plates of decorative full-color graphics. These authentic images are reproduced from the now extremely hard-to-find periodical La decoration artistique, which was published in Paris during the decade before World War I. They constitute some of the rarest and best material printed during the Art Nouveau period, and these uncommonly graceful and appealing illustrations are now available in this beautifully designed hardcover edition. The dazzling array of images includes headpieces, typographical banners, and other sinuous designs bursting with parrots and peacocks, vines and flowers, and other natural motifs. Examples include storefront signage for bakeries and cafés; decorative friezes of theatrical masks and grapevines; borders of flowers, books, and birds; stenciled decorations for fire screens; and corner and ceiling ornaments. An essential acquisition for any library or collector of Art Nouveau graphics and illustration, this volume promises to provide a lasting source of inspiration and pleasure.
A Calla Edition, reprinting 100 plates from La Decoration Artistique, c. 1904–10.