The “Art Nouveau” movement was heavily influenced by Alphonse Mucha, a Czech artist who rose to prominence in France in the 1890’s; and there is probably no better summation of Mucha’s ideology and the principles of the Art Nouveau style than in the Documents Décoratifs, a style book published in Paris in 1902.
The Documents Décoratifs is comprised of 72 stunning plates that exemplify everything the movement is remembered for: decor, women, flowers, natural forms, structures, jewelery. In fact, it directly influenced a collection of our journals. Paperblanks has created a series of floral-themed journals with imagery taken from four of these plates. (The 11th plate, seen below, is the basis for our Snap Dragon design).
Find below the first 12 of the Documents Décoratifs‘ 72 plates. We’ll take a look at the remaining 60 over the next several weeks.