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Art Nouveau (The World's Greatest Art) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Alice Jurow , Camilla de la Bédoyère
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4 Aug 2005 The World's Greatest Art
This series aims to combine a compact, commercial approach with the breadth and clarity of larger format books. Covering art which both creates the foundation of modern culture and modern art itself, the books include International Arts and Crafts, Turner, Whistler, Monet, and the Art Deco movement.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition edition (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844512657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844512652
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alice Jurow has degrees in Aesthetic Studies and Architecture form the University of California. The editor of The Sophisticate: Journal of the Art Deco Society of California since 1996, she is a longtime aficionado of the aesthetic movements of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is currently working on a book based on her popular lecture, 'The Androgynous Dandy: An Art Deco Icon', and lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two sons.

Camilla de la Bédoyère
is a researcher, writer and journalist who has a special interest in modern art and design, particularly the Art Deco era. She is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers and has written numerous educational books for children, non-fiction titles for adults and learning materials for visitors to the Natural History Museum. She is also the author of World’s Greatest Art: Art Deco and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Masterworks.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book with one drawback 10 Aug 2011
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This stumpy book is a design resource; an enormous number of examples of Art Nouveau design, some like Alphonse Mucha's posters almost cheesily well-known, others seldom seen. Every kind of object is represented, from book illustrations to architecture. The first section is titled "How to use this book", and after a brief introduction, the objects are divided up, allegedly, into "Movement overview", "Society", "Places", "Influences" and "Styles and techniques". This system doesn't really help the reader much, but there are lots of cross-references and a good index if you're looking for something in particular; otherwise just browse and enjoy. The text gives background info on the object and its designer but - be warned - it's in TINY PRINT! This is quite unnecessary and I cannot imagine what the publishers were thinking of. Use the "click to look inside" function and you'll see what I mean; this is a fairly small book just over 6 inches square.

The photographs are pretty clear despite their modest size. All the classics are here, plus some unexpected stuff including some wacky furniture. This book will be useful to collectors, art students, interior designers, practical design students in all media, and the general enthusiast. It would make a super gift for someone interested in the style.

There are also books in the series on Arts and Crafts, and on Art Deco; worth looking out if you're interested in that period. They are Arts and Crafts (The World's Greatest Art) and Art Deco (The World's Greatest Art). The best book I've come across on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School is Charles Rennie Mackintosh by Wendy Kaplan
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting 6 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I love the Flame Tree Publishing books in the 'World's Greatest Art Series'. They have a picture on every other page with narrative at the facing page. Great for visual imagry as well as info. Lots of usefil references in a handy pocket sized book.
My one gripe only is the font which is in grey on a glossy page is a little hard to read in certain lights.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 6 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. A really beatiful little taste of all that is good about nouvea. Well organised with lots of pictures; much more show than tell. I have bought bigger and more expensive books on the same movement but none that are quite so nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Nouveau, book 28 Aug 2011
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A beautiful book. Something to return to time and time again. Superb content and quality plus good value. Other books in the series...all recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars concise 21 Jun 2014
By Ann
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This book is a handy size and covers a lot of information in a concise way. This was "pre-loved" but was in excellent condition but the seller had left the charity shop sticker on it. Parcel arrived in a damaged condition and I was glad contents were ok.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book on Art Nouveau 9 Nov 2013
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What I needed was an overview of Art Nouveau and this is exactly what this book does. It's fairly thick and not too bigger size and covers the many different ways that Art Nouveau styling was used. The various subjects covering sculpture, posters, paintings, doors, buildings, lamps, jewellery and much more are each described without becoming boring. These are group into various artists and architects. I have found this very useful and enlightening.
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