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End of Century

May 29 -

October 10

Exhibition overview

Globalization and industrialization prompted a period of immense artistic experimentation and production in the late 19th century. With the opening of trade with Japan in 1853 and the proliferation of International Exhibitions across Europe, artists had unprecedented access to artwork from around the world, exposing them to new subject matters and modes of production. Unencumbered by preconceived stylistic ideals and motivated by recent technological advances, previously underappreciated art forms such as posters and decorative arts gained popularity during this period, flourishing under the banner of a disparate and ephemeral movement called Art Nouveau.

The styles that emerged during this period shared an appreciation of the natural world, a rejection of traditionalism, and a desire to unite the fine and applied arts. Showcasing works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, this exhibition is drawn from the PMA’s permanent collection and the collection of Dr. Patrick M. Rowe. Special thanks to Dr. Rowe for his generous contribution to this exhibition and his ongoing support of the museum.

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