Art Nouveau At Home and Abroad (In Person)

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - Tuesday, November 29, 2022

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Five Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Art Nouveau was a fascinating, but short-lived, design movement of the turn of the century that rebelled against historicism to create a modern aesthetic for a modern world.

Although sharing this commonality of modernity, its visual manifestations in various countries differed widely, ranging from the straight lines and austere profiles of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's chairs to the sinuous and sensual curves of the furniture of Louis Majorelle and from the undulating façade of Antoni Gaudi's Casa Mila to the assembly of rectangular forms of Joseph Maria Olbrich's Secession Building.

In the United States, it is represented by the architectural ornamentation of Louis Sullivan and the favrile glass designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

This class examines the underlying roots of Art Nouveau, its principal characteristics, sources of inspiration for Art Nouveau designers, and examples of Art Nouveau in architecture and the decorative arts in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia.

Five Sessions. $245/$220. Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik.

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Registration Fees

Registration is $245

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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