Art Nouveau Glass and Pottery in the University Art Collection



SUArt Galleries

September 10 – October 12, 2006
The decorative arts were a principal component of the Art Nouveau movement that flourished in the latter half of the 19th century. Decorative arts gave artists an opportunity to combine functional forms with flowing botanical designs. The inherently plastic nature of glass and clay allowed them to be more easily worked into the sinuous natural forms that were the style’s hallmark. The style originated in Europe and later moved to America where artists including Louis Comfort Tiffany raised the level of craftsmanship and design to new heights. The exhibition had several of Tiffany’s most original works including examples of his trademark favrile glass.