Most popular during 1890 to 1910, Art Nouveau -french for ‘new art’- is philosophy and style of art, architecture and specially decorative arts. Art Nouveau was also considered as the philosophy behind the furniture design that was made as part of everyday life and according to each building itself.
Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha, has a strong influence on the Art Nouveau style. His lithographed poster for an advertisement appeared in Paris 1 January 1985, and his style first became known as the Mucha Style, which later became known as the Art Nouveau Style.
Although Art Nouveau was most popular in Europe, it’s influence was global.
Art Nouveau soon was replaced by 20th century modernist styles, however, it is known to be an important transition between Neoclassicism and modernism.
The characteristics of Art Nouveau are commonly know as geographical, however, in a description by Pan magazine, Art Nouveau is described as ” sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip.”
Art Nouveau in the form of architecture includes windows, doors and arches with hyperbolas and parabolas; decorative mouldings that come to be plant forms.
Gaudi is a notable Art Nouveau Architect.
The text above the Paris Metro sign is an Art Nouveau sculpture. (Mi)
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