The Century Guild Museum of Art

Transcendent Luxury: German Art Deco Poster Masterpieces 1912-1927 [Softcover]



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During and immediately following The First World War, advertisers in Germany presented romantic elegance in a manner that bridged the sinuous lines of Art Nouveau and the hard lines of the Art Deco period to achieve a unique style that would inform the rest of the century as a pinnacle of graphic design. Transcendent Luxury presents a collection of gorgeous, beautiful, high-resolution images of posters from the Century Guild Museum of Art archives. Full-color images captured from the original artworks, alongside historical commentary from historian and museum director Thomas Negovan, give insight to the opulent aesthetics of the era.

5.5" x 8.5" softcover, 92pp full color throughout

The Century Guild Museum of Art is dedicated to providing a historical context to popular culture, primarily by exhibiting Art Nouveau and Symbolist artworks 1880-1920. Founded in 1999 as an art gallery, the Century Guild mission has always been preservation, inspiration, and education. Our exhibitions and publications work to create a bridge of understanding between the late 19th century and the present, one notable example being the exhibition of museum-level Art Nouveau to over 100,000 art lovers annually attending San Diego Comic Con. Works previously in the Century Guild collection have been displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art, and LACMA.

Transcendent Luxury: German Art Deco Poster Masterpieces 1912-1927 is the first volume in our ongoing poster book series, followed by Beautiful Macabre: Rare and Peculiar Posters 1862-1971 and Flowering Lines: Rare Art Nouveau Graphics 1883-1911, available here:

Some of the images in this volume are available as medium-resolution prints here:

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