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Arabesque

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

14 Dec 2019 - 22 Mar 2020

From the 18th century onwards, European artists have been entranced by the free-flowing, arabesque ornamentation found in Islamic art. This display, which extends from German Romanticism to Art Nouveau, looks at the many forms this fascination has taken, in paintings, bookbindings, furniture and textiles. Find out more from the Clark Art Institute’s website.

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The Peacock Skirt (1907), Aubrey Bearsdley.

The Peacock Skirt, from A Portfolio of Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings illustrating Salome by Oscar Wilde (1907), Aubrey Beardsley. Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Mosque Lamp (c. 1880), Philippe-Joseph Brocard.

Mosque Lamp (c. 1880), Philippe-Joseph Brocard. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

Zodiaque (‘La Plume’) (1896–97), Alphonse Mucha.

Zodiaque (‘La Plume’) (1896–97), Alphonse Mucha. Art Institute of Chicago

Jane Avril (1899), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Jane Avril (1899), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

Tiger in the Jungle (1893), Paul Elie Ranson

Tiger in the Jungle (1893), Paul Elie Ranson. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown

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