Art Nouveau: An Art of Transition-From Individualism to Mass by Gabriele Fahr-Becker

By Gabriele Fahr-Becker

Publication by means of Fahr-Becker, Gabriele, Sterner, Gabriele

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Second, new generation had to be remedied and defects in the training of the young artists were to be helped to pass beyond mediocrity. A musee d'art applique should provide a forum for the exhibition of the works of the new generation. This would provide them with incentive for improvement. Third, industry should use its vast financial resources to promote the creation of decorative works expressive of the ideas of the Nancy school. Emile Galle (1864-1904) was the driving force behind all these ideas and the founder of the Nancy school.

In the context of flower mysticism, the carnation is a symbol of bad luck and evil and is therefore a useful design for the evocation of a particular mood. A further example of the fusion of a symbolic language of form and applied art is Galle's buffet (fig. 17), a totally bourgeois piece of furniture that is rendered strange and exotic by means of its allegorical representations. For Galle, the arrangement of elemental natural forms was as important as linear dynamics and the choice of delicate colors.

In during the period that antedated the First World It is this consciousness, at the center of artistic activity 34 I believe, that justified his position around 1900. On the one hand, his preeminence would be justified solely by the scope of his oeuvre. On the other, and what for me is more important, his central role was a function of the fact that his own life and work reflect the contradictions and problems inherent in an artistic existence at the beginning of the twentieth century. To date, these problems have not been resolved.

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