Art Nouveau

Collection Description

Art Nouveau, which flourished in many countries around the turn of the twentieth century, was a decorative style emphasizing curvilinear forms inspired by nature, especially plant-life. The Wolfsonian’s collection is especially strong in the Dutch and Italian variants of this style, known respectively as Nieuwe Kunst and Stile Floreale. Among the highlights are entire period rooms designed by Theodoor Nieuwenhuis and Agostino Lauro, as well as a large collection of Dutch Nieuwe Kunst bookbindings.

Tile: circular pattern
Wind, water, and air
1ʼ Esposizione Internazionale di Cartoline Postali Illustrate, della città di Venezia, 15 luglio-3 settembre 1899 | International Exposition of Illustrated Postcards, in the city of Venice, 15 July-3 September, 1899
Portfolio box
Padiglione Stampa: arch. Locati
De  kinderen der zee: schetsen naar het leven aan onze Hollandsche stranden | The children of the sea: sketches of the lives of our Dutch beaches
Dish: seaweed motif
Creamer
Algemeen woordenboek der aardrijkskunde: ten dienste van hen, die terstond de ligging van en bijzonderheden omtrent landen, steden, dorpen, bergen, rivieren, zeeën, meren, baaien,enz. der wereld willen weten | General dictionary of geography: regarding
Design for vase decoration [floral motif]
Agraria: arch. Bongi | Agriculture: Bongi, architect
't  veulen | The colt
Schetsen uit de Middeleeuwen | Sketches from the Middle Ages
Onder Neerlands Vlag: 1874-1899 | Under the Dutch Flag: 1874-1899
Kapittelstokjes | Little chapter sticks