Survey 6: Dreams and designers  (1895 – 1905)

“Art Nouveau grew out of the dark restless energies of the industrial city. In the age of Darwin and Freud, it was fixated with nature, sensuality and sex. What began as a revolution in the name of truth, beauty and nature, ended in derision, decadence and decay.” (The Allure of Art Nouveau documentary)

Homework (for discussion next week):

Watch the Marian Bantjes Ted Talk

Hollis Chapter 3

Additional resources (optional):

BBC Documentary: The Allure of Art Nouveau (60 mins)

La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière à Lyon – Lumière Brothers 1895  
A Trip to the Moon – Georges Méliès 1902  
The Wright Brothers early flights
Examples of art nouveau packaging
Beauty and hygiene ads (1900s)
Sunlight was a brand of household soap originally produced by the British company Lever Brothers in 1884. It was the world’s first packaged, branded laundry soap. The success of the product led to the name for the company’s village for its workers, Port Sunlight.

Lecture/discussion: Survey 6 Dreams and Designers (coming soon)

“Never has youth been exposed to such dangers of both perversion and arrest as in our own land and day. Increasing urban life with its temptations, prematurities, sedentary occupations, and passive stimuli just when an active life is most needed, early emancipation and a lessening sense for both duty and discipline, the haste to know and do all befitting man’s estate before its time, the mad rush for sudden wealth and the reckless fashions set by its gilded youth–all these lack some of the regulatives they still have in older lands with more conservative conditions.” – Psychologist Granville Stanley Hall in The Psychology of Adolescence, 1904