From Nature to Form
Prestel Publishing | ISBN 9783791337845
Paperback – 96 pages
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The world's enthusiasm for Art Nouveau reached its apex at The World Fair in Paris in 1900, where René Binet created the main entrance, 'la Porte Monumentale'. To coincide with the exposition, Binet the plate designs for the gate, along with other sketches of furniture, jewellry, wallpaper, lighting, stained glass windows and architectural details.
The entire collection of Binet's sketches for Esquisses decoratives are beautifully presented here in colour and black and white. Like his renowned gate, they feature the organic structures and intricate embellishments that mirror the great variety of patterns and ornamentation found in nature and they epitomize the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Binet credited scientist and artist Ernst Haeckel's work on radiolarians as his inspiration. Two prominent experts on art and architectural history lend their perspectives to this important work in the realm of the decorative arts.