Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's art is nouveau

Or was before the Communists took over;

During the early period of Art Nouveau, Russians reacted ambivalently to the new architectural style. In this vein, the mother of the wealthy Moscow merchant Arseny Morozov did not hold a particularly favorable view of his new mansion (1885–1899): “Before, only I knew that my son was a fool, but now all of Moscow will know it.” Ornamental towers, winding columns, carved balconies and miniature seashells all over the facade earned the building the name “Moorish palace.” Located near the Kremlin’s walls, this palace, created by architect Victor Mazyrin in the Moorish revival style, garnered harsh criticism from the Moscow community.
Nothing like the harsh criticism that was to come.

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