Indeed, in some ways, our trip to Prague resembled a trip to le fin de siecle, give or take one or two decades - not just because of the formidable little photo-studio we found hidden in a passage, though that is what prompted this post, obviously. (I just had to post this pic ;))
It was on our first day, and when my girls saw the huge assortement of dresses and requisites, we just couldn´t hold back.
I mean, we had been reading Clockwork Princess most of the week before, and taken it with us on our trip - a novel that plays around 1880. I don´t know whether it was just because of the book, but we seemed to stumble into a lot of places connected to that era.
I mean, just look at this stairway, lit by gaslamps and totally deserted, around midnight:
And there´s so much art-deco - in the railings along the Moldavia, or in various buildings, like this Absinthe-shop:
And we also went to a Mucha-museum:
Alfons Mucha was an Art-Deco painter, and I bet you´ve seen his paintings - I know I used to have posters of his artwork in my girls-room as a teenager, being fascinated by his linework, by his beautiful, slender ladies who always had long, soft hair. I used to spend a great deal of time trying to copy his work. I adored him, and so did my girls, when I introduced them to his work.
I never knew he was from Prague, though. In fact, I didn´t know anything about his biography, though it was always pretty obvious that he was, even at his time, more of a commercial painter, not one of those tragic, unrecognized geniuses like Van Gogh, but neither someone recognized for his art - he did covers for cookie boxes, posters for theatre productions, and later even stamps, so I guess he was quite commercial. Good for him!
So... that was my post on time-travelling, something I love to ponder about. I´m closing it with a) the other photo of our series:
some music - contemporary, not fin de siecle, but non the less a very pretty instrumental, violin and piano: