November 17, 2009 to January 17, 2010
Discover the organic beauty of jewelry from the Art Nouveau movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Rather than following prevailing design aesthetics, these designers and jewelers created jewelry that interpreted the natural environment with sensuous forms, dramatic imagery, and poetic symbolism. Selected from the finest American private collection of Art Nouveau jewelry, Imperishable Beauty features over one hundred works by the major designers and jewelers of the era, from France, Germany, Austria, and the United States including René Lalique, Henri Vever, Philippe Wolfers, and Tiffany & Co. Textiles by William Morris, posters by Alphonse Mucha, Tiffany glass, silver, and ceramics from the Art Museum’s permanent collection will accompany the jewelry to provide an in-depth look at works that inspired these artists. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be the only other venue for the exhibition