Originally published in 1990, acknowledges the social as well as the artistic significance of the Glasgow Art Nouveau movement by examining the history of it from its inception through to its demise. By considering the contributions of social theorists like Peter Bürger, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin, the author illustrates how Art nouveau can be located within an avant-garde. The book also reveals to what extent the contract which the Glasgow group had with the Secessionists in Vienna was significant for the development of their work.

chapter |4 pages


chapter Chapter one|21 pages

The dialectics of modernity and modernism

chapter Chapter two|24 pages

Modernism as avant-gardism

chapter Chapter three|36 pages

Art Nouveau as a modern movement

chapter Chapter four|26 pages

The European context

chapter Chapter five|41 pages

The Scottish ideology

chapter Chapter six|37 pages

The institutional context

chapter Chapter seven|38 pages

Dissemination and reception

chapter Chapter eight|14 pages


The demise