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Arts - Visual: Periods and History of Art

Whether you're browsing for the sake of discovery or have a specific research goal, the Library's collection offers a rich variety of materials on the visual arts. Below you will also find links to local art resources and worthwhile web sites.


Art Deco 

Art Deco Ornament
Art Deco is a style in the decorative arts that influenced design and architecture, and is particularly associated with mass-produced domestic goods. It emerged in Europe in the 1920s and continued through the 1930s, achieving greatest popularity in the USA and France. Art Deco pulls together aspects of abstraction and cubism to create a deliberately modern style, which was originally called Jazz Modern. Its features include angular, geometrical patterns and bright colours, and the use of materials such as enamel, chrome, glass, and plastic. In Britain Art Deco style is found in the work of pottery designers Susie Cooper and Clarice Cliff, the industrial designer Douglas Scott, and the architect Giles Gilbert Scott, who designed Battersea Power Station (1932-34) with an art deco interior. Read more...
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Art Nouveau is a decorative style in the visual arts, interior design, and architecture that flourished from 1890 to 1910. Art Nouveau is characterized   by organic, sinuous patterns and ornamentations based usually on twisting plant forms. In England, it appears in the illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley; in Scotland, in the interior and exterior designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh; in France, in the glass of René Lalique and the posters of Alphonse Mucha; and in the USA, in the lamps and metalwork of Louis Comfort Tiffany.   Read More...
Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argente… A movement in painting that originated in France in the 1860s and had enormous influence in European and North American painting in the late 19th century. The Impressionists wanted to depict real life, to paint straight from nature, and to capture the changing effects of light. The term was first used abusively to describe Claude Monet's painting Impression: Sunrise (1872). The other leading Impressionists included Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir , and Alfred Sisley, but only Monet remained devoted to Impressionist ideas throughout his career.  Learn More..
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