PART 4 – WALL DECORATION

Continuing in the History of Wall Decoration

The Victorian Age

From 1837 to 1901, the Victorian Age in America and Europe reflected an unprecedented revolution in agrarian societies causing the Arts to produce a myriad of styles and movements, especially promoted by the Bradbury & Bradbury Company, makers of wallpaper and decor resembling this Victorian setting:

victorian setting

These were very popular nature motifs in wallpaper and tapestry

love the owl by Wm Morris  Love That Owl by William Morris

and

strawberry thief fabric  Strawberry Thief Fabric Wallpaper

Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) became the forerunner of Art Nouveau by incorporating gracious ladies in nature scenes onto woodwork, illustrations and paintings that were then transferred to wallpaper designs such as this one:

alphonse-mucha-redhead-among-flowers-art-nouveau-artwork

She’s the “Redhead Among Flowers”

This Art Nouveau traversed rapidly from France to Norway, during which time Tiffany lamps were the craze, but the movement died quickly after post wars into the Modern phase.

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To be continued on tomorrow…