Volume 4, Issue 2 | Summer 2005

Weisberg and Becker | IntroductionIntroduction: Tastemaking in the Age of Art Nouveau: The Role of Siegfried Bing
by Gabriel P. Weisberg and Edwin Becker
Five papers from a recent symposium at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam elucidate the international influence of Siegfried Bing on the visual arts. From his Paris-based shop, the dealer promoted a new design reform movement that took the name of Art Nouveau.

Crisis and Resolution Crisis and Resolution in Vuillard's Search for Art Nouveau Unity in Modern Decoration: Sources for The Public Gardens
by Annette Leduc Beaulieu and Brooks Beaulieu
The creation of Edouard Vuillard's most celebrated decoration, The Public Gardens (1894), provoked a major crisis in the artist's search for unity in multi-paneled decorative ensembles. In conceiving The Public Gardens, Vuillard rejected several completed panels before discovering an early seventeenth-century Japanese screen that inspired a solution to his pictorial dilemma.

Groot | Art Nouveau and Dutch Arts and Crafts Siegfried Bing’s Salon de L’Art Nouveau and the Dutch Gallery Arts and Crafts
by Marjan Groot
This article explores the Dutch quest for a national style of home décor around 1900, and considers the ways in which Siegfried Bing's shop, "L'Art Nouveau," was an important example for the Dutch gallery, "Arts and Crafts."

Eidelberg | Entrepreneurs of StyleS. Bing and L.C. Tiffany: Entrepreneurs of Style
by Martin Eidelberg

Beginning in 1894, S. Bing became the sole European representative of Louis C. Tiffany's favrile glass and over the course of the next decade was extremely successful in selling and distributing these wares in several countries. Tiffany, in turn, was influenced by aspects of the Art Nouveau style promulgated by Bing. Studied together, their relationship reveals a great deal about avant-garde design at the turn of the century.

Menon | The Functional PrintThe Functional Print in Commercial Culture: Henry Somm’s Women in the Marketplace
by Elizabeth K. Menon

This essay explores how "functional prints" by Henry Somm, including his Fantaisies Japonaises (ca. 1879), helped define women as consumers of Japanese art objects marketed by Siegfried Bing.

Weisberg | Lost and FoundLost and Found: S. Bing’s Merchandising of Japonisme and Art Nouveau
by Gabriel P. Weisberg

Using the many advertising images placed by Siegfried Bing and Julius Meier-Graefe in the daily and art press of the time, this article examines the merchandising techniques both men used to publicize their art nouveau businesses. In Bing's case, these techniques were similar to those he used for his Asian art business.

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