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Let nature be your guide: Graphic design of the arts & crafts and Art Nouveau Movements

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Eugène Grasset, <em>La plante et ses applications ornementales</em> (1897).

Eugène Grasset, La plante et ses applications ornementales (1897).

The nineteenth century gave us the wonders of the Industrial Revolution, but also ugly urban landscapes and soulless mechanization. By the end of the century, designers such as William Morris, Eugene Grasset, and Alphonse Mucha were going “back to nature” and creating elegant handcrafted books, artwork, and other decorative objects that wove naturalism with whimsy and brought the beauty of natural forms back into people’s homes.

Join the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections for our second Afternoon in the Archives, an informal series of showcases designed to help you learn more about our exciting historical collections. The upcoming event will feature a selection of important (and colorful!) rare books by key figures of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Whether you study printmaking, poetry, architecture, or advertising, you are sure to find something that catches your eye.

Stop by for a few minutes or stay for an hour! Library staff will be happy to talk with you about our collections and how we can be part of your teaching, learning, and research. Busy schedule? There will be two showings, both the McIlhenny Room of Hill Memorial Library, on February 3 (2:00 to 3:30) and February 4 (12:00 to 1:30).

We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Michael Taylor at or 578-6547.

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M. P. Verneuil, <em>Etude de la plante</em> (1903)

M. P. Verneuil, Etude de la plante (1903)

Catulle Mendès, <em>Hésperus</em> (1904), with an original binding by Salvatore David.

Catulle Mendès, Hésperus (1904), with an original binding by Salvatore David.

(left) Emile Gebhart, <em>Cloches de Noël et de Pâques</em> (1900), with designs by Alphonse Mucha; (right) Edmond Haraucourt, <em>L'Effort</em> (1894).

(left) Emile Gebhart, Cloches de Noël et de Pâques (1900), with designs by Alphonse Mucha; (right) Edmond Haraucourt, L’Effort (1894).

(left) John Wadsworth, <em>Designing from Plant Forms</em> (1910); (right) A. E. V. Lilley, <em>A Book of Studies in Plant Form</em> (1916).

(left) John Wadsworth, Designing from Plant Forms (1910); (right) A. E. V. Lilley, A Book of Studies in Plant Form (1916).

(For a complete list of materials shown, please contact the library.)


Michael Taylor is Curator of Books, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections

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