Essay – Art Nouveau Revival 1890s-1960s

By 24th February 2021Blog
Alfonse Mucha: Zodiac

Colour lithograph by Alphonse Mucha, 1896; in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kurt J. Wagner, M.D. and C. Kathleen Wagner Collection (M.87.294.44), [Fair use illustration for purpose of critique or review]

This essay investigates the relationship between the Art Nouveau (‘new art’) movement in 1890s fin-de-siècle Paris, and its revival in 1960s San Francisco. The 1960s are exemplified by Kelley Mouse Studio’s artwork for the Grateful Dead. Both time periods were characterised by a rejection of social norms in dress and behaviour, and the adoption of a loose, carefree lifestyle or counterculture and mind-altering substances.

It was written for a module on my University course.

Read the essay here: Art Nouveau Revival (pdf)