Category Archives: Art Nouveau

Fantasy costume of Dione by Léon Bakst

Art deco costume design. Léon Bakst. Mother of Venus

Fantasy costume design of the mother of Venus, by Léon Bakst.

Fantasy costume of Dione, Mother of Venus by Léon Bakst

‘Fantaisie Sur Le Costume Moderne, Dioné’, By Léon Bakst 1914. 

Dione is in Greek mythology, the mother of Aphrodite. In Roman mythology, she is equated with Venus. Or Dione (Greek Διώνη) is in Greek mythology, the daughter of Atlas and the wife of Tantalus, thus the mother of Broteas, Pelops and Niobe.

Art deco, Art nouveau fashion era.

Costume designs for the Russian ballet by Léon Bakst.

Fakir costume. Russian ballet. Fantasie costume designs. Leon Bakst.

Costume designs for the Russian ballet “Le Dieu Bleu.” By Léon Bakst. 1914. Femme avec Offrande. Un Fakir.

Costume designs for the Russian ballet “Le Dieu Bleu.” by Léon Bakst.

Femme avec Offrande. Un Fakir.

Art deco, Art Nouveau era

Panel in Gesso and Mother of Pearls by Frederick Marriot.

Fairy, fantasy costume. Art nouveau dress. Frederick Marriot

Panel by Frederick Marriot

Panel in Gesso and Mother of Pearls by Frederick Marriot.

Fairy, fantasy costume. Art nouveau period 1910s.

Frederick MARRIOTT, (1860-1941).
 Painter and etcher of landscapes, architectural subjects and portraits. Born on 20th October 1860 at Stoke-on-Trent, brother of the artist Frank Pickford Marriott. 
Received his early training in the school of Art, Coalbrookdale, and at the age of 14 he went to work as a pottery painter in a factory. In 1879 he gained a National Scholarship at the R.C.A. where he studied for three years.
He then worked as a designer and illustrator to Marcus Ward [note: should be “Wood”] and Company. Later became Chief Designer with Eyre and Spottiswood, and remained for four and a half years. He practised repoussé work, wood carving, enamelling and modelling, and produced some fine panels in modelled glass [note: should be “gesso” ] with mother-of-pearl inlay. Exhibited at the R.A., R.E., in the provinces and at the Paris Salon.
He was Design Master at Blackheath Art School, Headmaster of the Onslow College Art School, Chelsea, and Headmaster, Goldsmith’s Institute, 1895-1925. 
Member of the Arts and Crafts Society, also the Art Workers’ Guild, and was elected A.R.E. 1909, R.E. 1924. Made continental tours working on town scenes with the emphasis on architecture, and also visited and painted in Australia about 1910. He was friendly with Brangwyn, Clausen, Drury and East.
Lived in London and died on 2nd October 1941.

Source: “Dictionary of British Artists working 1900-1950” by GRANT. M WALTERS,

Design for an embroidered chair back by Robert Anning Bell.

Robert Anning Bell. Art Nouveau Embroidery Design. Furniture decoration.

Embroidered chair back by Robert Anning Bell, R.W.S.

Art nouveau design for an embroidered chair back by Robert Anning Bell.

Victorian painter Robert Anning Bell 1863–1933 was an English artist, figure painter, sculptor of reliefs, illustrator and designer of mosaics and stained glass most notably for Westminster Cathedral.

Free Ebook: The tempest; a comedy by William Shakespeare. Decorated by Robert Anning Bell (1901)

Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame 1898

Maxfield Parrish. Medieval fantasy costumes. Kenneth Grahame. Dies Irae. Dream Days. The Reluctant Dragon

” Dies Irae. ” An Illustration to Kenneth Grahame`s ” Dream Days.”

Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame 1898

” Dies Irae. ” An Illustration to Kenneth Grahame`s ” Dream Days.” By Maxfield Parrish. (From the original in the possession of John Lane, Esq.)  Dream Days is a collection of stories by the English writer Kenneth Grahame, which was first published in 1898. Best known for the story contained therein, the dragon did not want to fight (The Reluctant Dragon). The dragon did not want to fight tells the story of a friendship between a little boy and a gallant, poems writing dragon, who had settled in the hill country of Berkshire and blissful legally ignorant as alerting its presence in the local villages is taken. It is up to the boy to ensure that the expected arrival of Saint George does not bring about the destruction of his new friend. This most famous of the stories was filmed in 1941 as an episode titled The Reluctant Dragon by The Walt Disney CompanyDies irae (lat. “Day of Rage”, often in the medieval Latin form This ire) is the beginning of a medieval hymn of the Last Judgment, which was sung from the 14th century to 1970 in the Roman liturgy as a sequence of requiem. The text was approved by the Council of Trent (1545-1563) as an integral part of the funeral mass. Today it can – in use of older books of hours – in the last week of the liturgical year and All Souls Day “ad libitum” are sung in the Liturgy of the Hours. As the author is traditionally regarded Thomas of Celano, a friend and biographer of Francis of Assisi; this attribution is disputed. The hymn has an alternating accentuating meter, thus trochee on.

Gregorian Chant – “Dies Irae”

Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish, actually Frederick Parrish; 1870-1966 was an American painter and illustrator best known for his hyper-realistic images of imaginative subjects. Parrish was the son of the landscape painter and etcher Stephen Parrish and studied fine arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Drexel Institute of Art, Science & Industry. It was the start of a long career as an illustrator, initially mainly of children’s books (including a famous edition of One Thousand and One Nights in 1909), later also for magazines and advertising agencies. He also illustrated many calendars and he is known as one of the first to posters produced on a large scale for commercial sale. A defining moment in the career of Parrish was the order, the children’s book by L. Frank Baum ” Mother Goose “ to illustrate in 1897. Maxfield Parrish is considered as the most successful American illustrator from the first decades of the twentieth century. His work is characterized by a hyper-realistic style, with neo-classical and neo-romantic elements and attention to detail. He worked with an almost photographic precision. His subjects are searched in a fantasy world and show a great imagination. Particular prominence he got with his androgynous nudes, which he often used the same models (Kitty Owen in the twenties, later Susan Lewin). He was also renowned for his innovative techniques. Through a special glazing technique he knew to give to his colors. Almost luminous effects. He often applied carefully geometric principles in his work and he made an innovative way using photographic techniques as the basis for his images. From the thirties Parrish would also be concentrating on landscape painting, more emphatically but that he never got the appreciation that befell him as illustrator. After his death in 1966, at the age of 95, his work underwent a strong revaluation. Norman Rockwell called him his greatest inspiration. Several of his works were used as covers for LPs in the pop world and Michael Jackson used his famous work ” Daybreak “ as the basis for the video for his song ” You Are Not Alone “. First editions of his work nowadays bring top prices at auctions that often exceed a million dollars.


Art nouveau illustration by Hede von Trapp.

Fantasy oriental costume. Art nouveau illustration. Painter Hede von Trapp.

” The Broken String of Beats ” by Hede von Trapp.

” The Broken String of Beats “. Art nouveau illustration by Hede von Trapp 1910s.

Hede von Trapp 1877-1947 was an Austrian poet, painter and graphic artist of the Art Nouveau. The majority of the artistic work of Hede von Trapp consists of literary works. She initially worked exclusively as an author and poet. Her graphic oeuvre is mostly closely thematically related to its literature. Often to play female characters who fight against social conventions, a central role.