The Nature of Dreams: England and the formation of Art Nouveau
The Nature of Dreams: England and the formation of Art Nouveau by Paul Greenhalgh.
Published to accompany our upcoming, major new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, this book examines the spectacular and controversial vision of art practice that raged across the Western world from the end of the 19th century: Art Nouveau.
The role of nature is a key focus of the exhibition. The common theme of translating plants into patterns will be explored as a defining feature of the modern style. Art and objects will represent Art Nouveau from different countries, where it appeared characterised as flowing, tensile line, and dramatic movement, or by organic imagery combined with an informal geometry.
Paul Greenhalgh is a writer, historian, curator of art and design. He is Director of the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia.