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Subjects : Art / Artists, Flowers & Botany, Landscape, Music, Mythology
Keywords : American, Art Nouveau, engraving, green, illustration, landscape, music, Pan, poster, red, satyr, seduction
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Art Nouveau poster depicting Pan

William Bradley's "Art Nouveau poster representing Pan": an emblematic work

The "Art Nouveau" movement turned artistic canons on their head during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the many artists who drew their inspiration from this refreshing trend, the American William H. Bradley holds a special place. This poster, produced in 1895, testifies to his personal talent as well as his strong adherence to the Art Nouveau movement.

William H. Bradley : An artist of many talents

Born in Boston in 1868, William H. Bradley is best known for his work as a poster artist within the Art Nouveau movement. From an early age, he developed a passion for the graphic arts and studied architecture. Early in his career, he worked as an illustrator for various magazines and newspapers, before setting up his own company, Bradley Studios. From then on, he concentrated on creating advertising posters, a medium that he would sublimate thanks to his inimitable style.

The influence of Art Nouveau on the artist

Among the many possibilities offered by the Art Nouveau movement to artists of the time, William H. Bradley's fascination with flowing lines and natural forms is evident. This infatuation with nature is also expressed through the floral and animal motifs present in many of his works.What's more, Bradley's aesthetic is based on multiple inspirations. His infatuation with Japanese art is perceptible in his pure, flat compositions. The vegetal scrolls he deploys cite the Victorian style, while his choice of subjects - often derived from poetic and philosophical themes - brings William H. Bradley directly into line with Symbolist artists:

A distinct style

Bradley's posters are easily recognisable by their distinctive style based on the principles of Art Nouveau. The artist was able to create a unique symbiosis between illustration and typography, while exploring various innovative graphic techniques for the time. The key stylistic elements of his creations include sinuous lines and shapes, a precise and meticulous organisation of space, and striking contrasts between the different parts of the composition.

An iconic work

Made in 1895, the "Art Nouveau poster depicting Pan" is undoubtedly one of William H. Bradley's most famous works.

Visual description

At first glance, this poster captivates us with its chromatic economy, playing with a contrast between green, red and white. Pan, the Greek god of nature, appears at the centre of the poster. Here he is depicted in profile, triumphant on a chariot driven by a coachman. The god appears in the form of a satyr, a flute in his hand, surrounded by lianas and luxuriant foliage. His energetic posture, and above all his wild hairstyle blending into the foliage of a barely sketched landscape, mimic his harmony with the natural elements. On the other hand, contrary to tradition, Bradley has taken the liberty of depicting Pan without horns.

In the background, we can make out other characteristic motifs such as stylised floral arabesques and a series of "coup-de-fouet lines" typical of Art Nouveau, ornaments that add movement to the image.

The role of the work in the artist's career

With this graphic work, William H. Bradley reveals the full extent of his talent as a poster artist. It also testifies to the success of Art Nouveau in the United States, particularly in the field of advertising posters. Through this work, Bradley pays homage to nature and its whims while emphasising the poetic dimension of its phantasmagorical universe.

In this way, the artist once again demonstrates his ability to play with the aesthetic codes of his time to create striking visuals capable of captivating our gaze. Today, this representation of the god Pan remains an emblematic example of the movement that marked a turning point in the history of graphic design.

The artist once again demonstrates his ability to play with the aesthetic codes of his time to create striking visuals capable of captivating our gaze.


This artwork is a poster from the modern period. It belongs to the art nouveau styles and decorative styles.


« Art Nouveau poster depicting Pan » is kept at Private collection.


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