Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nascent Art Nouveau

Back before Christmas developed all its current stereotypes, holiday art was free ranging — exploring nuances of spirit.

Entitled Luna, this is a work-up for a cover of Harpers Magazine in 1882 by Elihu Vedder, displaying some nascent Art Nouveau, well before Nouveau reached its peak with Mucha.


M. D. Jackson said...

That's gorgeous! I almost missed the face in the moon.

Annie said...

Hi Thom,
This is beautiful. You say it was a work-up for the cover. Did the cover art look the same?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Somebody's paying attention!

Annie, that's a good question, and I don't have a good answer. I've been wondering that myself and I have it on my list to check on it. It could take a while but I'm really curious about that era.