the 20th century art book

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Plates from Vol. 2 of Fantaisies Florales by Jean Pilters, published in the first decade of the 20th century in Jersey City, New Jersey by H.C. Perleberg

Jean Pilters was a little-known French ornamentist. Apart from publishing several pattern books in France and Jersey City, he also contributed to the publication Dekorative Vorbilder published from 1889-1929 in Stuttgart by Julius Hoffmann.

This volume is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. These images are my own personal scans of the book.

Art Nouveau

The Virgin’s Garden. Elisabeth Sonrel. 1892.

The Water Serphents (detail). Gustav Klimt. 1907.

The Little Mermaid. Edmund Dulac. 1911.

Times of the Day. Alphonse Mucha. 1892. 


A French term which translates as ‘new art’, Art Nouveau was a decorative style of architecture and interior design which appeared in Europe and the United States in the 1890′s, transforming art and design. The movement was characterized by stylized, sinuous lines and curving, organic forms. Art Nouveau painting is typified by extravagant patterns and elegant female figures inspired by Eastern art and 19th century explorations of machinery and artisanship. Fantastic, elegant, erotic, Art Nouveau is seen in painting, drawing, commercial design, and architecture.

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Plates from Vol. 2 of Fantaisies Florales by Jean Pilters, published in the first decade of the 20th century in Jersey City, New Jersey by H.C. Perleberg

Many of these flower studies were not done by Pilters but by his colleagues. Plates 3, 5, and 9 are copies of plates from Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe by Anton Seder, published in two volumes in Vienna by Gerlach and Schenck (1886 and 1889).

This volume is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library. These images are my own personal scans of the book.