Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau, also referred to as the “style moderne”, was a decorative style of art that flourished between roughly 1890 and 1915. The movement is characterized by its use of natural forms and flowing lines, as well as sinuous curves. Many artists rejected the emphasis on functionality that was characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement, instead favoring an aesthetic style that embraced beauty for beauty’s own sake.

Art Nouveau was widely popular, with works by many notable artists such as Hector Guimard, Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Aubrey Beardsley. The style also influenced a number of other movements, such as the Vienna Secession and the English Arts and Crafts movement.

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