Rare European and American Art Nouveau postcards printed during 1890 to 1914 are the focus of Art Nouveau Postcards, on view at the Pence Gallery from January 2 through February 1, 2013.
Local collector Robert Nevraumont shares highlights from his amazing collection that span the history of postcards from 1869 to World War I, providing visitors an overview of the early development, use and social importance of postcards. The exhibit includes examples of popular subjects such as women, travel and holiday themes, but emphasizes the collector’s cards of the Art Nouveau, a period that marks a high point in both design and new printing technologies.
On exhibit is a postcard by Alphonse Mucha, often referred to as the father of Art Nouveau, who produced the first Art Nouveau postcard in the late 1890s. Also on view is a postcard reproduction of Utagawa Hiroshige’s original Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. A master of the Japanese landscape woodblock print, Hiroshige was a major influence on European and American artists of this era.
In the history of 20th century graphic art, and particularly during the Art Nouveau period, postcards became a form of expression in which some artists specialized exclusively. Although the earliest produced postcards are of little artistic value, artists soon saw the value of reproducing their art in a postcard format. By the early 1900s the graphic work of artists, especially Art Nouveau artists, were reproduced on postcards.
2nd Friday ArtAbout Reception: Please visit us on Friday, January 11th from 6-9 PM for an opening reception to meet the collector and view the exhibit. FREE.
Collector Talk: Friday, January 18, 7-8:30 PM. FREE. Join collector Robert Nevraumont, as he talks about the development of his collection, his research into their common usage, and of course, their lovely sense of design. He will share special postcards not on view, and their history.