Tiffany Glass: An Introduction to the Art Nouveau Style

Guest Post by MOA Marketing Intern, Megan Mayfield

lotus-pagodo-library-lamp-n86.g.25a-n86.b.314Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, the newest exhibit at the Museum of Art, showcases the Art Nouveau movement. Art Nouveau became popular at the start of the 20th century. The movement was strongly influenced by the natural lines found in nature as well as geometric shapes and a subdued color palette.

Art Nouveau most commonly appears in architecture and the decorative arts. The start of the movement was inspired by artists turning away from traditional art forms and instead turning towards more domestic crafts. In the 1960s, a revival of the Art Nouveau style made it an integral part of the Modern Arts.
In Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, visitors can see the Art Nouveau style for themselves. Pay particular attention to the color palettes and the use of flora in Tiffany’s designs. The organic curves of the glass and natural imagery create an intricate, free-flowing style that is key to the movement.

Within the exhibit, visitors also have the opportunity to view Tiffany forgeries. Compare the forgeries to the legitimate pieces. The excellent workmanship of the real Tiffany lamps set them apart as ideals of the Art Nouveau style where high-quality production was strived for. Notice the gaudy colors and low-quality glass that set the forgeries apart from real Tiffany Glass.

The Art Nouveau style is a simple and beautiful addition to the arts. The Museum of Art hopes that you will enjoy your time in Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light.

This exhibition is organized by Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, New York.

Sources:

http://www.theartstory.org/movement-art-nouveau.htm

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