Cubist Interior Design in Prague, Czechia 

Cubism, one of the first avant-garde movements in Europe, which drew its inspiration mainly from natural science and from the theories of perception, found an outstandingly fruitful territory in the Czech lands, in the years before WWI.  Here, artists grouped in the Manés Association of Fine Artists, established in 1887 in Prague, on the model…

 Prague Modernisms: From Late Art-Nouveau to Proto-Expressionism 

It is an obvious fact to Prague’s visitor that the architectural ages of this city are in a chronological, synchronic, and diachronic dialogue with each other. The group of constructions in Hradčany follows the passage from Romanesque, through Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and, later, to Historicism (via Classicism), echoing the historical developments of the…

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) in Prague, an Art Nouveau Masterpiece

Obecní dům in Prague, located on Náměstí Republiky, is a multipurpose building constructed in the years 1906-1911 by Antonín Balšánek and Osvlad Polívka. It was built where the King's Court (i.e. the seat of the Bohemian kings) stood in the 14th and 15th century. At the turn of the 20th century, the area around the old…

The Intricate Moorish Style of Barcelona’s Buildings

Like all things which become indelibly connected to a blueprint in people's minds, Barcelona's architecture is automatically associated with Gaudi's masterpieces. This seems rightly so, especially that this late 19th century architect and artist's productions still represent a source of novelty in terms of design, space imagination, and construction techniques.  Nevertheless, Barcelona is home to…

Late Summer in the Old Bucharest (The Central-Eastern Part of the City)

For the keen walker on the streets of Bucharest, it is always pleasant to discover among rows of concrete buildings, which were eagerly erected throughout the Communist rule, insulated parts of the old, interwar city. One of these areas is located in the central-eastern part of the city (taking into account a map with the…

Paintings in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany

The present collection of the museum, located on the picturesque Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in Berlin, is based on a 19th-century private collection of a German banker. Mostly it hosts German painters, but it also has some pieces of French masters like Renoir, Signac, Vlaminck. It covers the most significant art trends of the 19th century…

Portrait Painting in Romania, 19th and 20th Century

The Museum of Art in Craiova (south-western Romania) hosts a small but relevant collection of modern Romanian painting. The beginnings of modern painting on Romanian territory* are related to the establishment of the first professional association of the painters, in 1787, when a distinction between the thin objects painters and the thick objects painters was…

Luxury and Science in the American Spa: Fordyce Bathhouse of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Dubbed the Carlsbad of the USA, Hot Springs Arkansas was a fashionable place at the turn of the twentieth century, populated as it was by elegant women and affluent businessmen, who travelled from different parts of the USA to enjoy the thermal water treatments offered by health establishments hosted in architecturally attractive buildings. Before the…