Archive for September, 2009

If one considers the history of Art Nouveau and, in general, of the turn of the Century development of that style through the entire Europe,  it is supposed that in the last five years of the XIX Century the New Style would have been imposed in all Europe. That’s definitively not true. In particular, considering the development of the New Style in Hungary, it is clear that still in the last decade of the XIX Century the Eclectic style, which basically mixes together stylistic elements derived from Greek-roman history of art, as well as others which mimic the Italian style of the Renaissance buildings.

Notwithstanding the early works of Odon Lechner (the Applied Art museum building is dated 1872, for example), the Szecesszio style didn’t take over the previous Eclectic one who characterized Budapest urban development till the XX Century. This particular building in the VIII district is an outstanding example of Eclectic architecture: anyway examples of such a style could be found everywhere either in Buda and Pest side of the city. The ideal marriage of Eclectic and Szecessio styles in Budapest (but even in other Central European countries, such as Vienna or Prague) is due to the late full development of the Art Nouveau Style in Hungary, specially if compared to France, Belgium or Germany.

An outstanding document as second article of Secese – Czech Secession. Thanks to the Bibliotheque National Française and their Digital Library (named Gallica, and available following this link: http://gallica.bnf.fr/) I was able to find out and to prepare the PDF of the art magazine “La Plume”, special number completely (COMPLETELY) dedicated to Alphonse Mucha. It was published the 15th of June 1897.

Here you can find the cover and the full reproduction of all the 110 pages in PDF format. Enjoy :)

LaPlume – 15June1897

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