Visual & Decorative Arts Blog

Hokusai's Paris Exhibition (Or, How I Learned to Love Japanese Art)

Posted by Matt Knight
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Topics: Japanese woodblock prints, art nouveau, Masterpieces of Art

Art of Fine Gifts: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted by Matt Knight

After the recent drama concerning a fire at the famous Mackintosh designed Glasgow School of Art we thought it would be a good time to look back at what has made the Scottish artist so iconic. Known as an architect, artist and designer, the Scotsman is often associated with the Art Nouveau movement. 

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Topics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, art nouveau

Art of Fine Gifts: Japanese Woodblocks – Influences and Outcomes

Posted by Esme Chapman

Japanese Beginnings?

Although beautiful woodblock prints are often considered the epitome of quintessentially Japanese art, in reality many manifest strong Western influences. For example, as a young man, Hokusai was particularly intrigued by European-style perspective. He uses such perspective in his most famous work, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured below), to stunning effect; the contrast between the huge rising wave in the foreground and the almost imperceptible figure of Mount Fuji in the background is highly effective, and is perfectly complimented by the stark contrast between the movement and energy of the wave against the stillness and stability of the mountain.

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Topics: Gustav Klimt, Hokusai, Japanese woodblock prints, Claude Monet, art nouveau

Art Nouveau Artists: Louis Comfort Tiffany

Posted by Chris Herbert

Art Nouveau artist Louis Comfort Tiffany was highly skilled in jewellery design, ceramics, enamels, and metalwork but he is best known for his beautiful stained-glass designs. Using opalescent glass in a variety of colours and textures, he created a stunning range of jewel-like Art Nouveau works.

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Topics: Louis Comfort Tiffany, art nouveau

Art Nouveau Artists: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted by Emma Chafer
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Topics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, art nouveau

Art Nouveau Artists: Gustav Klimt

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Gustav Klimt is one of the most popular and celebrated art nouveau artists. His works are instantly recognisable and his golden paintings, such as the incredibly popular The Kiss, are perfect for our beautifully foiled luxury notebooks and iphone cases. Here's some background information on the man himself as well as a more in-depth look at The Kiss.

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Topics: Gustav Klimt, art nouveau

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