Art Nouveau Page Layouts

The following are from a 1904 magazine called Blanco y negro published in Madrid.

DECORATIVE BORDERS

UNBOUND IMAGES

In the examples below, objects extend from a shape imposed onto spot illustrations.

ART NOUVEAU HEADERS

SYMMETRY

ASYMMETRY

Although Art Nouveau is known for its symmetry, some of the layouts contain surprising asymmetry.

A surprisingly narrow strip of image separates two columns of text.

Or, if not lack of symmetry, a slightly weird collection of shapes, reminiscent of a tangram puzzle.

A HAND DRAWN LOOK

FITTING MANY PICTURES ON A PAGE

The path on the picture at the top right has been carefully positioned to match the ‘path’ of the white line separating text from images, and images from each other.

NEGATIVE SPACE

Although the art nouveau style is highly decorative, there was still negative space.

TEXT WRAPPING AND PLACEMENT

When text wrapping wasn’t automatic, it looked like this.

But occasionally you got something like this — a feat of typesetting.

Sometimes a block of text would be imposed on top of a portion of art (or you’d get that impression, at least).

Simple double columns

ART NOUVEAU COMIC STRIP CONVENTION

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