Ad nouveau

This gallery focuses on posters and advertisements inspired by such art movements as impressionism, Art Nouveau, and even Japonisme. Though not necessarily Art Nouveau themselves, these and similar works are often classified as Art Nouveau because of details such as organic lines, expressive realism, custom lettering, and often the inclusion of Celtic inspired patterns and French curves.

This piece is a six foot tall, four-color lithograph print created by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1891. The subject of the poster is the Moulin Rouge featuring the dancer 'La Goulue' (The Glutton). Toulouse-Lautrec's works often looked like inked sketches, but the bold colors, organic lines and his innate ability to capture emotion in a scene were all catalysts that helped to make him a very popular artist in the latter part of the 1800's.
The subject in this piece is of a black cat which was found by the owner of the club advertised in the piece. The owner found the cat during major renovations and decided to use its visage to portray the edgy and provocative nature of cabaret nightlife. This piece seems to be fairly simple at first glance, as there seems to just be a cat and some text, but Steinlen used some subtle techniques that make this piece great. Repetition of large black capitol letters for each word in the advertisement help the eye flow along the text. The text "Chat Noir" is all in uppercase to contrast it with the rest of the words, and "Salis", the owners last name is directly in line with the rest of the text, with his first name to the left and covered by the cat's tail to ensure that his full name is known, but it was likely that Salis was the part of his that was popularized. Above and behind the cat's is what seems to be a stylized, red moon filled with lettering. The lettering is the location of the club. Steinlen's use of the space and unique design elements make this piece highly memorable and these types of ideas and principals have influenced artists and designers even to today.
This is the cover of the first edition of an illustrated periodical titled "The Dome". It was monthly magazine that reviewed architecture, literature, music, graphic arts, as well as short stories and other features. This piece is interesting in that it seems to be a slight blend of surrealism and Art Nouvea in that the man looks to a part of the mountain upon which the dome resides.
This piece appears to be the cover of an illustrated jewelry catalogue. While still using custom lettering, the realism of the woman in the foreground and cityscape in the background and less are somewhat less organic and flowing than of Toulouse-Lautrec or Teinlen.
This was the last poster Toulouse-Lautrec made depicting the dancer Jane Avril, and the second to last poster he ever made before his death in 1901. Toulouse-Lautrec captured Avril's flowing dance style in this piece putting her body in slight contortion and going further by using the image of a snake wrapping around her to create the idea that her movements are agile and serpentine in motion. A simpler composition than many of Lautrec's posters, this piece is obviously meant to be all about Avril.
This poster is an advertisement for rationing during World War I. Commissioned by the United State Food Administration, John E. Sheridan created this poster for the purpose of helping the war effort at the time. While this piece may not necessarily evoke the distinct style of Art Nouveau, one can see the inspiration from the poster artists that had come before. Compare the silhouette of the soldiers in the background to the crowd in Lautrec's 'Moulin Rouge: La Goulue".
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