I keep a lot of reference books on hand for getting the creative juices flowing for my Art Nouveau pieces! Here’s a list of some of my favorites sources. Note: If you decide to purchase any of the books using the links, you’ll earn me a little kickback from Amazon (but definitely buy them where you get the best deal that suits your budget)!
My Top Recommendations
There are a lot of books listed below, but my top 3 MUST HAVE books are as follows:
- Mucha by Sarah Mucha. An excellent selection of Mucha’s jewelry, photography, and paintings, as well as a thorough write-up on his life and times by a historian and the wife of Alphonse Mucha’s grandson. This book was published in association with the Mucha Museum of Prague.
- Mucha’s Documents Decoratifs. A collection of Mucha’s sketches for jewelry, paintings, and more! An excellent resource for examining his planning and structure.
- Mucha’s Figures Decoratives. Much like Documents Decoratives, this one has many sketches and plates by Mucha, but with an emphasis on figures.
For design inspiration:
– Treasury of Art Nouveau Design & Ornament, Carol Belanger Grafton
– The Art Nouveau Style Book of Alphonse Mucha (Documents Décoratifs), David M.H. Kern.
– The Grammar of Ornament, Owen Jones.
– Art Nouveau Floral Patterns and Stencil Designs in Full Color, M. P. Verneuil.
– 305 Authentic Art Nouveau Jewelry Designs (Dover Jewelry and Metalwork), Maurice Dufrène.