Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau

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'a visual compendium that is astonishing to the newcomer and affirming of the period's variety and depth to the initiated.... Completing this beautiful and useful addition to existing literature are a glossary of printmaking techniques, a short essay on Dutch printmaking and printmakers from the period, and an excellent bibliography' - Art in Print

A richly illustrated book celebrating the Dutch contribution to Art Nouveau

From the 1890s through the turn of the century, there was a flourishing of imaginative art and craft throughout Europe that we now know as Art Nouveau. The Netherlands experienced an inventive variant of this art and design phenomenon, but until now it has been largely overshadowed by its counterparts in other countries, especially France. This richly illustrated book is the first in English to celebrate the Dutch contribution to Art Nouveau through a tour of more than one hundred works on paper - posters, decorative calendars, illustrated books, as well as prints and drawings.

These innovative works of graphic design reveal the progressive Dutch artists' conscious reaction against the past, their inspiration in natural forms and exotic cultures, and their embrace of the principle that art should transform everyday life. It also shows how the New Art, Nieuwe Kunst in Dutch, coexisted and sometimes intertwined in the Netherlands with other artistic strands, including persistent realist trends, Symbolism and the emergence of Modernism. With an introduction and explanatory text about each work of art by Clifford S. Ackley, one of the world's leading specialists of Dutch prints and drawings, Holland on Paper provides a fascinating and visually rewarding introduction to a rich and creative artistic era.

  • Author: Clifford S Ackley, Senior Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Hardcover: 256 pages 
  • Date published: May 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878467990
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 25cm