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Old September 28th, 2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Art Nouveau in Vilnius

Academy of Science, Gedimino ave






Yard of Academy



Inside













Academy from Liauksmino str.



View from window



Liauksmino str.





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Old September 28th, 2005, 09:59 AM   #2
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Yesss... post more
Love this style.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:02 AM   #3
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I think I gonna make some photos of buildings of this style, thanks for creating the thread
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:10 AM   #4
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Really nice style. Thanks for the pics. Btw how much Art Noveau can be found in Vilnius?
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:11 AM   #5
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Some are definetely are, but not that much as in our neighbouring country's capital
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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I saw in threads here that Klaipeda has got some. Have seen in Taurage and Silute myself. Kaunas should have some Art Nouveau too?! May be wooden buildings in Druskininai have this style too.

Academy of Science has gorgeous interior!!!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 12:42 PM   #7
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Interesting topic!
What about Naujamiestis? I think there should be quite some buildings of this style as well.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #8
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Old September 28th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #9
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Thanks udl007 for the photos! It is really a nice architectural style ... when not too kitchy In your photos it is definetely not.

As Vilnius was a "back-yard" of Russian empire in the late XIXth-early XXth century ("fin de siecle"), unlike a transit huge port city, such as Riga, there is not much Art Nouveau/ Jugendstil/ Sezession architecture in our capital. Art Nouveau is largely a style of bourgeoisie, and most of XIXth century constructions in the central Vilnius/Vilna were made by the Czar state institutions and not so much by the local industrialists (unlike in Riga). It explains to some extent why we have quite few Art Nouveau buildings and more the buildings in other ecclectic styles, such as garnison, neo-classisist, neo-baroque, empire and other styles.

Thanks for your efforts finding the examples of Art Nouveau in Vilnius! (some are also on Saltiniu str., Kastonu str., Pamenkalnio str., Suvalku str., the entire block of Flemmish cottages next to the Lukiskiu square). Kaunas also has quite a few, though they are well hidden and overwhelmed by the functionalist and Art Deco buildings of the period

Art Nouveau is THE thing I like in Latvia, Gatis!!!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 06:56 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forums, udl007!

You arrive with quite a splash, starting out with such a beautiful thread. Thank you!

Jeffai, I haven't seen you -- hope things are going well for you.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 07:12 PM   #11
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How do you recognize Art Nouveau from other styles? I don`t get it
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Old September 28th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #12
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@WH - thanks for the greetings I'm not gone, only quite busy and not very active in the forums, sorry... It is nice to see many old and even more new faces!

@Shumi - most of the late XIXth century architectural styles are a mish-mash of various styles that existed before, so it is often difficult to talk about them as some specific style. Art Nouveau and Art Deco, though also ecclectic, are probably the only ones that stand out as important international styles in their own right. I can't tell a clear dividing line myself, but in the end it is not necessary to have a label for everything in life

Art Nouveau is usually associated with the organic, floral shapes so that buildings and their ornaments look like the grown-up organisms (e.g. look at the paintings by Klimt, especially - Mucha)

Art Deco is more fundamental, has more solid details and fundamental shapes (e.g. think of the Soviet Pobeda car or the Chrysler skyscraper in NY)

In the photos of udl007, the facade of the Academy of Science is not quite Art Nouveau (some ornaments - yes), though the interior surely is! So are the metal stripes of the balconies, but not the thing on the last photo - metal roof on the entrance (it belongs to the Oginsky's palace which was built before the Art Nouveau was born), it has much more smth. like neo-baroque...

I hope I didn't make it all too complicated!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 08:40 PM   #13
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Quote:
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I hope I didn't make it all too complicated!
Yeah, right
Thanks
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During the lunch time today I had a little walk through Gediminas' avenue, Jogaila's and Vilnius' streets. Aim was to take photos of Art Nouveau buildings

So here they go. Little building in Gediminas avenue


Some details




Court building




Department of Statistics, not sure whether it's Art Nouveau


This one is pretty nice




To be continued..

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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:13 PM   #15
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nice pics guys, thanks for posting
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Old September 28th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #16
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Jeffai, nice to see you around!
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Old September 29th, 2005, 11:06 AM   #17
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@Jeffas, hello
@Mantaz, sorry to change this a bit, but: this is something what could be Neo-Barocco. This is part of Historism style.

This is typical Historism, could be considered Neo-Rennaisance. Its a pitty they have rebuilt upper floor

Ecclecticim (late Historism), mixed Neo-Classistic and Neo-Rennaisance details

Ecclecticism, Neo-Rennaisance influence dominating

The same...


This does not decrease the value of these buildings a single bit.
Btw. in Riga large part of buildings in centre are Ecclecticism/Historism too. Our tourism guides erroneously refer to this as Art Nouveau unfortunately.
At first these styles seem to be complicated, but when you learn it, it becomes simple.
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Hm, I'm really confused now
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Old September 29th, 2005, 12:43 PM   #19
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For architecture styles Wikipedia offers very good articles. If you have got time at some moment, you may investigate them
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Old September 29th, 2005, 12:51 PM   #20
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In my opinion the difference between Neo-Rennaisance and Art Nouveau is quite easy to recognise. I'm not a big expert, but I would say, Neo-Rennaisance buildings in general, have more ornaments, ant there's also some differences between window styles.

In Vilnius, I noticed that there are very much beautiful but non-renovated 2-4 -storey Neo-Rennaisance houses outside the tourist area - Pylimo Gatve and the other non-touristy areas between Old Town and Railway station. Very valuable buildings, hope them to be renovated as soon as possible.

Also Uzupis offers very much historical valuable architecture (not renovated yet), breathtaking view to the Old Town from Uzupis is also Uzupis' advatage.

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