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The Edwardian Period
1914 to 1960

Douglas E. Foster, Jr
November 3, 2007

HUM 100 - 011016
Ralph Millsap
Strayer University

The Edwardian Period

The period following the Victorian Period was the Edwardian Period. This was a time in the United Kingdom when King Edward VII was reigning. The period encompassed the sinking of the Titanic, the start of WWI, 1914 and the end of WWI, 1918. This era was a time of tremendous interest in art and travel in continental Europe and was perhaps because of the Kings love of travel.
The period brought about a new art form that was referred to as Art Nouveau. This particular type of artistic expression was characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs. The name 'Art Nouveau' derived from the name of a shop[1] in Paris, Maison de l'Art Nouveau, at the time run by Siegfried Bing, that showcased objects that followed this approach to design. (Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau. In Wikipedia [Web]. Retrieved 11.3.07, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Nouveau) The art was not only expressed through paintings but through jewelry and the most well known of the Art Nouveau movement is Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork. Some examples of the work of Tiffany are the Tree of Life and Tiffany Lamps of which an example is shown of the Dragonfly. This art form was extremely colorful and depicted in detail the how precious life and nature are. (Louis Comfort Tiffany. Louis Comfort Tiffany. In Wikipedia [Web]. Retrieved 11.3.07, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Louis_Comfort_Tiffany) Art Nouveau style was also very clean lined. This is depicted in the style of Ingram Chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1899. The chairs had curved…...

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