Art 'n' Stuff

This is where all things, in all the kinds of art, will be kept. A rambling blog of someone wandering around the art world.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Victor Horta

Victor Horta is another main artist in the Art Nouveau movement. Horta's use of organic forms and strong use of contour and seemingly delicate structures inspired me to become a sculptor. His designs and buildings make me wonder why living spaces didn't continue to be built in the Art Nouveau fashion after Horta created his magnificent buildings.

This cast door bell is a perfect example to Horta's attraction to organic shape and the influence of foliage.

 The stairs on the right are inside of the Hotel Tassel, which is now The Victor Horta Museum. Horta's use of the vine organic shape creates so much intricate detail with out crowding, or being too gaudy.

Can you imagine being lucky enough to have stayed in such a striking place?! There would be so much art built right into the very hotel to look at, I don't think I would have ever left the building my entire stay!
 This photo is another picture of the inside of the Museum. The curved mirror creates an infinity effect, making the design of the ceiling quite fanciful.
Victor Horta had such a sense of organic structure and brought the wonder and awe from the world of nature indoors with his architecture and design.  He will always remain one of my most favorite artists!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Alphonse Mucha

During the turn of the 20th century an art movement took place called "Art Nouveau". The artists of this time are ones of my very favorite, one in particular was Alphonse Mucha. His works include such beautiful detail and stunning line work that illustrators and artists today still reference his lithographs. Mucha's work as well as the art nouveay movement was prominently inspired by organic shapes, mainly plants, flowers, and curly line which was bold in design.  Much of Mucha's work included advertisements, and even as advertisements were glorious examples of powerful line and beautiful women. His work consistently inspires many artists, including myself to make everything as beautiful and as visually pleasing as possible.
Many main stream artists from surprising enterprises use Mucha  as inspiration, artists such as  Naoko Takeuchi, who did a series of posters inspired by Mucha on her manga series Sailor Moon. The band Soilent Green used one of Mucha's posters as an album cover for thier album Sewn Mouth Secrets. Joe Quesada who is the Editor in Cheif of Marvel Comics borrowed heavily from Mucha's style.

 The beauty of Alphonse Mucha's work lives on through so many inspired fans that it is a great pleasure to see many works by many artists using Mucha as a master artists whom they can look up to.