The Muse of Art Nouveau
A Muse is an ancient goddess of inspiration and creativity. She is a personification of humanity’s relentless pursuit of beauty and self-expression.
This little porcelain Muse is created in the aesthetic of Art Nouveau, drawing from the romanticism and nostalgia of the turn of the century Paris as the city of lights and art. She is an homage to one of my favorite artists Alphonse Mucha, whose unique and distinctive artwork lay the very foundation for the movement of Art Nouveau.
The lantern pendants were based on beautiful street lamps from the opera house in Nice, France, and also channel the sprit of that era. The moment I saw them, I knew I hade to incorporate them into my dolls somehow. They move me immensely!
Like beacons of light in the dark labyrinth of subconsciousness, these tiny lanterns adorn the crown of my Muse and captivate the attention of wondering minds, providing them with guidance, inspiration and enlightenment.
Ball-jointed porcelain doll 14” (37 cm) tall, china paint, natural mohair, industrial grade steel springs, leather; Sterling silver crown No.1 in the Lantern Series, lost wax casting, 3 Iolite cabochons, 3 pearls set in sterling silver, cubic zirconia crystals; Custom-welded, flexible stand; Decorative reclining dais embellished with 6 hand-sewn velvet pillows.