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Charles Robert Ashbee

Designer Biography

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...British designer, architect, entrepreneur, and social reformer, Ashbee was associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau. He designed for metalwork, jewelry, furniture, and textiles. Born in London, Ashbee was educated...

Louis Majorelle

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...Majorelle was an important French furniture designer of the Art Nouveau period. From 1877, he studied painting at the .cole des Beaux Arts, leaving to run the family furniture business in Nancy on the death of his father. In this capacity...

René Lalique

Designer Biography

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...Lalique was a French glass designer and jeweler. In 1872, he enrolled in the Coll.ge Turgot, Paris, where he developed his drawing and sketching skills. Lalique was apprenticed to the goldsmith Louis Aucoc in 1874, while also attending...

Henry Van de Velde

Designer Biography

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...Belgian designer born in Antwerp, who worked mainly in Belgium and Germany, Van de Velde studied painting at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Arts (1881–4) and later in Paris (1884–5). In 1892, he gave up painting for architecture and design...

Antoni Gaudí

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...A Catalan architect and designer most well known for his remarkable designs created in and around Barcelona, Gaudí was initially influenced by the work of Viollet-le-Duc and the geometry of the Gothic, and had developed a respect for crafts...

Margaret MacDonald

Designer Biography

...Margaret Macdonald was a Scottish artist and designer known for embroidery, gesso panels, graphic work, metalwork, and textiles. Born in England and later moving to Glasgow, she attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1890, where she began...
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...Scottish architect, designer, and artist associated with Art Nouveau, Mackintosh is particularly well known for his interior design, designs for furniture, metalwork, stained glass, and textiles, as well as graphic design and watercolor...

Emile Gallé

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...Gallé was a high-profile glass designer and manufacturer, born in Nancy, France. His work is typified by decorative overlaid glass techniques based upon botanical forms that exerted great influence upon the Art Nouveau movement. Emile...

Art Nouveau

Mark Wigan

Mark Wigan was subject leader for illustration at Camberwell College, UK, and later for Graphic Design at the University of Salford, UK. He is currently a lecturer in illustration at Hull College, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Illustration

AVA Publishing SA, 2009

Book Chapter

...This is Arthur Mackmurdo’s title page for Wren’s City Churches (1883), woodcut on paper.This term means ‘new art’ in French, and it is called jugendstil or ‘youth style’ in Germany. Art Nouveau was an international movement and decorative...

Beardsley, Aubrey

Mark Wigan

Mark Wigan was subject leader for illustration at Camberwell College, UK, and later for Graphic Design at the University of Salford, UK. He is currently a lecturer in illustration at Hull College, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Visual Dictionary of Illustration

AVA Publishing SA, 2009

Book Chapter

...Brighton-Born, English Illustrator And Art Director Whose Black-And-White Imagery Has Come To Represent The Art Nouveau And Fin De SiÈCle Era of the 1890s. Beardsley’S Sinuous And Delicate Use Of Line, Contrasting Negative Space, Dark Areas...