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Bats in the Dining Room
This tall slender backed chair is by Hector Guimard and dates back to 1908, the height of the Art Nouveau movement.  It is from a suite of dining room furniture originally used in the Paris home Hector Guimard designed in 1909 to share with his new wife, Adeline Oppenheim. Throughout his career Guimard was interested...
Fanciful Nightcap
This nightcap consists of four embroidered sections of cloth joined and bordered with braided lace made of silver-wrapped thread. The lower edge, embroidered on the opposite side, is folded up to form a brim. The style of the embroidery, which also uses silver-wrapped thread, is called chinoiserie (Chinese-esque), and includes imaginary, exotic-looking flowers that represent...
Flowing Form Blends the Man-Made with the Organic
The Enignum Free Form Chair by Joseph Walsh curves, swirls and ripples in a manner that is reminiscent of furniture from the Art Nouveau period, yet it is contemporary in its overall aesthetic. Joseph Walsh, a self-taught designer and builder, started working with wood at the age of eight, and honed both his woodworking skill...
Hercules and the Teddy Bear
This post is relevant to the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. Godly brawn characterizes the classical subject of this drawing: Hercules and the Nemean Lion.  According to Greek mythology, King Eurystheus tasked Hercules with vanquishing a lion that was terrorizing the region of Nemea.  He ultimately succeeded, killing the animal with his...
Image of Rombola piece
And the Winner Is…
The museum recently acquired a group of four wallpapers designed by John Rombola. Rombola has a unique drawing style and his designs are whimsical, a mix of naïve and fantastical, with a brilliant use of color and pattern. His use of pattern to define and give substance to his characters is part of his signature...
A Groovy and Gear Paper
On this sidewall, strange enormous flowers drawn in blue are scattered on a green ground. Their tortuous curling stems are highlighted in bright orange and yellow. It is these bright highlights that catch our eyes first, so that our first thought is that what we are seeing is a purely abstract paper of swirling forms....
Picture of Sampler, 1810, Netherlands, embroidered
Symbols of Faith
Griet Ruwen’s sampler shows how deeply ingrained faith and religion were in daily Dutch culture in the early 19th century. Even as she practiced her needlework, Griet expressed piety and religious devotion through symbolism. Below the crowns and initials are two angels holding a wreath of roses, which represents eternity. The wreath encircles a dove,...
The Re-creation of Repoussé, A New Technique by Michael Izrael Galmer
Michael Izrael Galmer was born in 1947 in the former Soviet Union, living there through much of the Cold War. Despite the difficulty of these years, Galmer attended Moscow University, earning a Ph.D. in physics while pursuing his interests in drawing, painting and sculpture, looking to nature for inspiration. As a student, he did not...
Berlin: Symphony of a Big City
Caitlin Condell discusses this Russian movie poster that utilizes themes of modernity, Constructivism, urban imagery, and the avant-garde found in The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.