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Art Nouveau Inspired LP Covers

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 19, 2018
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Art Nouveau Inspired LP Covers



In an attempt to keep up with the times, I purchased my first record player and have started an LP vinyl collection.

After dusting off my father’s LP collection from the 1970s, I could not help noticing all the gorgeous cover art from bands like Yes, Led Zeppelin, Triumph, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Journey to name a few. The font lettering and stylistic designs reminded me of the turn of the 1900s art nouveau movement. I knew there was a revival of the art style in the 1970s, but I was surprised to see just how seamless it wove itself into popular culture at the time.

Several of Jimmy Hendrix’s LP covers had stylistic art nouveau choices from the wavy curls of his hair that are reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha to fonts that looked like advertisements from 1890 to 1910.

Art nouveau was bookended by the peacock ridden aestheticism movement and straight-lined art deco, the 1970s was preceded by the wild sixties and the beige eighties. Both periods were experimental with mind-altering substances shown by drawn smoke lines in the 1900s and the otherworldly-inspired landscapes of psychedelic worlds in space during the 1970s. In a sense, there are parallels between the time period when art nouveau first became a movement and when it went through a revival seventy years later.

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JaymonRising at 6:31PM, Nov. 19, 2018

That looks fairly stellar. Probably the best piece of art for Jimi Hendrix since the one Moebius did for him. I can't help but wonder if Art Nouveau and Pop Art were both influenced by the Ukiyo-E art movement of Japan, (which was in return influenced by Chinese literati art and European landscape paintings altogether), particularly the works of Hokusai (best known for that wave painting) which utilized intricately composed lines and high contrasting colors.

kawaiidaigakusei at 7:01AM, Nov. 19, 2018

I do love the stained glass seen on windows and lamp shades Arts and Crafts movement. There is definitely an art nouveau connection!

kawaiidaigakusei at 6:58AM, Nov. 19, 2018

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ozoneocean at 6:34AM, Nov. 19, 2018

Art Nouveau also came out of the arts and crafts movement. It was a reaction against mass production and standardisation in decoration. Nature and artisan creators were behind it. The late 60s and 70s also coincided with a similar movement as the hippies and various back to nature groups saw a rise. Once again a strong arts and crafts movement gained ascendancy in the art world.

Ironscarf at 1:30AM, Nov. 19, 2018

The art nouveau elements actually arrived with the psychedelic movement and 1967 might be the high point. Literally the high point - the florid and curly forms seemed to express and became graphic code for the LSD experience. People painted themselves and everything else in a similar way. This did run well into the 1970s but by the mid seventies things were getting a lot more angular.


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