Art Nouveau in Aveiro


Art Nouveau in Aveiro

We found some examples of Art Nouveau in Aveiro and made a map for you to find them out!
But there are many more, and even a museum dedicated to Art Nouveau in Aveiro.

We invite you to come and discover all these treasures and more.

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Aveiro was distinguished as the city-museum of Art Noveau in Portugal. It is a member of the “Réseau Art Nouveau Network” along with Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Glasgow, Helsinki and Havana. – [1]
With this post we invite you to visit and discover the charm and elegance of this twentieth century art period, taking a tour to see the buildings and monuments that bear the influence let by names like Ernesto Korrodi, Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha, Jaime Inácio dos Santos, José de Pinho or Carlos Mendes.

“The forthcoming of buildings with Art Noveau characteristics is related to the growth scenery and economic prosperity of the city. The first expression of Art Noveau in the city was the construction of the Cinco Bicas fountain in 1880. However, the movement clearly started to gain expression only after the year 1904. The style was imported by rich bourgeois – traders and manufacturers – but also by emigrants newly arrived from Brazil – the torna-viagem.
This realty, very similar to what was happening in the rest of the country, came to play an important role in the development of the Art Noveau movement at a local scale. The majority of the Art Noveau’s Buildings in Aveiro are family houses, just exceptionally associated with a commercial activity. In exceptional occasions, Art Noveau elements were applied in older buildings because they had commercial areas on the ground floor.
The new style was primarily concentrated in the building’s main facade, and only, very exceptionally, in its interior. It is a fact, the systematic use of ornamental stone and metalwork, but, above all, the use of ceramic tiles, which will gain original characteristics, because the local Fonte Nova Factory produced several ceramic tiles within this style. The ceramic tile arises as an Art Noveau ornamental element in conventional constructions.
There was a very restrict group responsible for the introduction and diffusion of the style in the city. From this group the name Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha stands out. Francisco Silva Rocha is the author of a great part of the Art Noveau Buildings in Aveiro and, because he was a teacher at the technical school, he influenced the work of many young draughtsman and foreman. At the same time, the Art Noveau emergence is also associated with the names of Ernesto Korrodi (national reference and a personal friend of Francisco Silva Rocha), Jaime Inácio and José Pinho.” – [2]

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[2] – Providência, F.,Providência, P., Gomes, A., Falcão, L. e Branco, R. (2011). “Dicionário de Arte Nova”, páginas 16 e 17, Câmara Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro

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