Author Topic: The Two Sisters Who Pioneered Art Nouveau  (Read 820 times)


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Re: The Two Sisters Who Pioneered Art Nouveau
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2021, 07:44:38 pm »
Back in 2018, when we could all travel freely, I went to Glasgow to see an excellent exhibition in the Kelvingrove Museum.

The exhibition went on to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and then crossed the pond to the United States.  Its first stop was the Walters Art Museum in Maryland; it was then due to go on to the Frist Art Museum in Tennessee, The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida, and finally, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago from 27th Feb to 23rd May 2021. 

I have no idea what happened to the Exhibition in the period of lockdown, but any Steampunk within hailing distance of Chicago would probably enjoy a trip to see it (if it is still going ahead). 

We tend to use the French term Art Nouveau, but the French sometimes talk of Style Nouille (noodle style); the German-speaking world uses Jugendstil – which derives from the name of a short-lived publication Jugend – (Youth), but sometimes refers to Bandwurmstil (Tape-worm style)…. and the Italians sometime talk of lo stil Liberty

To put the McDonald sisters in their context, there’s an excellent book by Elizabeth ASLIN, The Aesthetic Movement – Prelude to Art Nouveau – published back in 1969.