Reflections : Art Nouveau

What I think/love about Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau itself is a very new topic to me. I did not come across it as a style before. I took great interest in the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau. 

I really enjoyed the illustration style of Art Nouveau and how they kept the realism of the humans but added additional features to the art piece. Out of all the things that I have learnt, I really enjoyed the part about Ukiyo-e. The whole idea about the floating world and the wild nightlife scene seems very interesting.

This is one of my favourite piece of work of all times! I really enjoy this print as the colors really intrigued me. I felt that given the lack of certain technological advances at that point of time, this artwork is one of the greatest breakthrough in terms of design and composition. I have never seen something else that could be serene and yet ferocious and threatening at the same time. I am very intrigued by the subject matter which is the waves. The waves look very menacing given its massive size in comparison to the tiny boats and it is even smaller than the mountain. Yet the curves of the waves allow it to somewhat like a being almost as if the waves have a life of its own. The colors of the waves allow it to be portrayed as more serene and the white foam of the waves is almost like its embracing the boats (even when its suppose to be a killer wave-ish looking wave)

In any sense, I think the beauty of Ukiyo-e and Art Nouveau is unmeasurable. I am very fascinated with the variety of design and prints. Especially when both European and Asian designs are so different yet the culture of the place has such a huge role on the design of the artpiece. The traditions that have formed throughout the years is reflected in the style and subject matter chosen in the artwork.