Italyby Adolfo Hohenstein
IV Esposizione Triennale di Belle Arti/Milano
Beautiful Art Nouveau poster for the Fine Arts Expo in Milan.Moody and evocative, this haunting Hohenstein design, produced as a promotion for a triennial Fine Arts exposition in Milan, is utterly captivating. The image of the quartet high atop a seaside cliff, appearing to reveal itself through the extravagant gray Art Nouveau swirl of flat color that serves as background for the text as if it were emerging from a clearing in the mist, is unforgettable. It borders on a nearly allegorical parable of the hazards of possession, as the woman elevates her object of beauty while grasping a companions hands near a patch of thorns. Hohenstein excellently manipulates light and shadow to evoke an atmosphere both reverent and wary.