|Art Forms Of the Galaxy, watercolour 2008 (c. 30 x 20 cm)|
This image in Art Nouveau style is titled “Art Forms of the Galaxy”. This somewhat ironic title recalls Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature (Kunstformen der Natur, 1899-1904). Haeckel’s intention was to stimulate the decorative arts to use natural forms.His work is considered to be influential in that respect.
When recently the Blaschka glass animal models were adopted as an audience magnet, the institutions apparently could not help but flirting with Haeckel, Art Nouveau, and Art Forms in Nature. The Tübingen Museum came up with “Artforms of the Sea” (Kunstformen des Meeres) in 2006, and in 2008 the Sunderland Glass Centre promoted “Art Froms of the Ocean”.
Neither of them seriously promoted the art history debate about why the glass animals were art, let alone be Art Nouveau.
So, in order to disinfect my theoretical concepts with irony, I invented “Art Forms of the Galaxy” in 2008.
The previous blog entry shows a drawing in psychedelic style and as this style period owes a lot to Art Nouveau I want now to present this older work.