Art Nouveau Mascaron: The Head of A Victorian Lady

Art Nouveau style mascaron adorning a 1890s house in the ASE area of Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The above female head representation among flower garlands is a predilect theme in the late Victorian decorative arts, including the Art Nouveau current, that have so many references to fairies and paradisiac gardens full of flowers. It was best personified by the actress Sarah Bernhardt, posing in flower adorned costumes and décor, immortalised by the painter Alphonse Mucha. From here the motif was adopted and adapted to many instances and circumstances, such as this Bucharest mascaron, which probably depicts a local Fin de Siècle beauty.

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