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Art Nouveau Tiles Hardcover – October 8, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847822273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847822270
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hans van Lemmen is an Associate Lecturer in the History and Theory of Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Editor for the British Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society. He has written numerous articles and books on the history and use of tiles-- including Tiles: Collector's Guide and Fired Earth: 1000 Years of Tiles in Europe-- and has organized several exhibitions of tiles in Britain and Europe.

Bart Verbrugge is an expert on Belgian and Dutch tiles and is the author of Belgian Art Nouveau and Art Deco Tiles.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on September 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
These days, many of us are becoming reacquainted with the art of our parents or grandparents...not the clunky Victorian stuff, but the wonderful jazzy "art" of the "nouveau." Sometimes I wonder why we ever got away from it, but I suspect two world wars and an economic depression in the 20th century played a big role.
In this lovely historical overview of the Art Nouveau period of tilemaking, Hans van Lemmen provides many up-close examples of individual decorative tiles, as well as 'in situ' photographs of the architectural designs employing these tiles. He begins by describing the Art Nouveau movment itself, which he says can be traced to various sources including the negative reaction to neoclassicism by various 19th Century artists and intellectuals. Some of them felt neoclassical art was pagan and wanted to return to a Gothic or Christian theme. Others reacted to the commercial and industrial use of the neoclassical and wanted to return to a naturalistic theme. In addition, Western artists during this period were heavily influenced by Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian art, which they incorporated into their work. It should surprise no one that one example Van Lemmen provides is a tile executed about 1900 which shows yellow and orange sunflowers (ala Van Gogh who died in 1890).
The book covers the major Art Nouveau centers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book description does a good job: This is, indeed, an examination of Art Nouveau tiles from all over Europe as well as the United States. The authors promise that it is "an essential volume for the collector and interior designer, featuring 200 stunning color photographs of these ceramic treasures." But I think it's a bit more than that.

The book is organized primarily by region. After a few chapters on "Arts & Crafts Inspirations" and "The Rise of Art Nouveau," chapters are dedicated to tiles from northern Europe, central Europe, southern extravaganza (e.g. Spain and Italy), new world experiments, then "Art Nouveau and Beyond." Finally there's a chapter full of advice about collecting Art Nouveau tiles.

First off: This is enjoyable on more than one level. If you're seriously into tiles and interior design, then obviously you'll be interested in the book for the history it imparts, as well as collecting info (such as the difficulty of dating tiles, and how to display a collection).

I comfortably admit that I merely skimmed the text, though, because for me this is a book full of OH PRETTY PICTURES. I've done quilting, as well as some stained glass and embroidery, so I could pretend that I'm getting design inspiration for these, but really it's just lovely to see lots of gorgeously photographed tiles from all over the world. (Gosh could I get quilting fabric inspired by the tiles by the Boulenger firm?)

Plus, since the book starts with a great examination of the influences of the A&C movement, among the OH PRETTYs are tiles from William Morris, Burnes-Jones, de Morgan, and other artists who usually get attention for their other creations. I think of A&C as kissing-cousins with Art Nouveau anyway, so some of the tiles in the other chapters could just as easily -- to my untrained eye -- fit into my design scheme.

If you care about this subject... don't resist. This is a lovely book.
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By Vladislav D. Ivanov on December 29, 2013
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The book is both informative and beautifully illustrated. Must have for any ceramic artist with interest in the Art Nouveau aesthetic.
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