Art Nouveau

I love this formal attire Navy hat! I’ve worn it twice in one week. It even has the female officer’s name written underneath, a plus for nerdy daydreamers like me playing make believe sailor. This hat just makes everything so much more fun, especially when the rest of my outfit is nothing special. I’ve even had a random homeless guy walk up to me quizzing me and my husband on what he thought to be the most valuable but common Navy item. His response? Ships in a bottle.

Just thought I’d make this set of photos of my everyday outfit on a Saturday afternoon reflect my current obsession—Art Nouveau. I hate to sound  like these History Channel shows, but art nouveau is a style of art (also a philosophy) hugely popular in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, especially in Paris. To me, this style sort of looks like stained glass with a little rust. Although not always in glass, you’ll see a lot of this style done through glass works.

Here are some works I have cherry picked from known artists of this style:

“Adele Bloch-Bauer I ” by Gustav Klimt (1907)

“Gismonda” by Alphonse Mucha (1894): Mucha is one of my favorite artists who has really captivated my imagination. This ad for a play called Gismonda is said to be what spearheaded the Art Nouveau style (full image).

“La Maison Moderne” by Manuel Orazi (1902):

“Prochainement Tournée du Chat Noir” by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1896)