Art-Nouveau Prague

Petr Wittlich

Art-Nouveau Prague

Petr Wittlich

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

135 pages | 100 color plates | 8 x 10 | © 2009
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9788024613468 Published December 2009 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1991, Prague has become one of Europe’s—and the world’s—most popular tourist destinations. As in London, Paris, and Rome, visitors flock to the gorgeous buildings and monuments that grace the streets of Prague, entranced by structures ranging from Gothic and baroque to cubist and neoclassical. And while hundreds of thousands stroll over the Charles Bridge and gaze up at the St. Vitus Cathedral each year, far fewer venture away from the crowds to seek out the countless gems of art nouveau peppered throughout Prague.


With Art-Nouveau Prague, Petr Wittlich—one of Europe’s leading experts on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture—tours those monuments and buildings of Prague representative of the art nouveau movement and offers insightful commentary on each. Along the way, Wittlich visits such sites as the Municipal House, the Wilson Railway Station, the Grand Hotel Europa, and works by sculptors František Bílek, Ladislav Šaloun, and Stanislav Sucharda.


An introductory essay by Wittlich emphasizing the role of art nouveau within contemporary currents of modern European art accompanies more than one hundred color illustrations of some of the most stunning examples of art nouveau architecture and decoration in existence, and a detailed bibliography provides additional reading for each of the sites displayed in the book. Art-Nouveau Prague is a must-have for those traveling to Prague for the first time or for anyone who appreciates or wants to learn more about art nouveau style.   


A Stroll around Art-Nouveau Prague


Industrial Palace


Hanau Pavilion


Sculptural Group at Vyšehrad


Provincial Bank


U Ceské orlice House


The Battle of Lipany Panorama


Museum of Decorative Arts


Prague City Insurance Company


Hotel Central


Peterka House


Robitschek Sepulchre


Trmal Villa


Villas in Bubenec


Apartment Buildings in Josefov


U Nováku Department Store


Prague Credit Bank


Apartment Buildings in U Prašné brány Street


Grand Hotel Evropa


Apartment Buildings on Masaryk Embankment


Topic House and Insurance Company Praha


The Municipal House


František Palacký Monument


Svatopluk Cech Bridge


The Main Railway Station


Jan Hus Monument


The Viennese Bank Association Palace


Kotera Villa


Leichter House


Štenc House


The Mozarteum


Bílek Villa


Šaloun Studio


New City Hall


"The Ice Palace"


The House U Cerné Matky Boží


Cubist Houses under Vyšehrad







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