Bird designed 1878 by William Morris

From the 1880s until the eve of World War One, Art Nouveau flourished across Europe. It was a universal style intended to unify the fine and applied arts to create a Gesamtkunstwerk (‘total work of art’). Everything from furniture to book illustration was influenced by its elegant organic forms. Source:Read More →

At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Art Nouveau movement began in 1890 with the goal of modernizing the design and abandoning the classical, historical styles that had previously been popular. Art Nouveau artists drew inspiration from natural elements, such as flowers or insects. Source: 10 Art Nouveau Artists Who Defined the MovementRead More →

Golden Gates Paris an example of Art Nouveau

Essay From the 1880s until the First World War, western Europe and the United States witnessed the development of Art Nouveau (“New Art”). Taking inspiration from the unruly aspects of the Art Nouveau influenced art and architecture especially in the applied arts, graphic work, and illustration. Source: Art Nouveau |Read More →

Wren's City Churches, 1883 Bookcover of Arthur Mackmurdo

Art Nouveau Art Nouveau was an artistic movement which peaked in popularity between 1890 and 1905 which was practiced in the fields of art, architecture and applied art. It is a French term meaning “new art” and is characterized by organic and plant motifs as well as other highly stylizedRead More →

The Strawberry Thief (Flower and Bird Pattern), 1884 by William Morris

If you’ve been to Paris or seen it in photos, you’ll recognize the swirling, plant-like gates, with their distinctive lettering, that serve as entryways to the city’s subway system, or metro, as it’s known there. Of the many terms for in France, Style Metro remains one of the most persistent,Read More →

Gustav Klimt cropped photo image

Art Nouveau Generating enthusiasts in the decorative and graphic arts and architecture throughout Europe and beyond, Art Nouveau appeared in a wide variety of strands, and, consequently, it is known by various names, such as the Glasgow Style, or, in the German-speaking world, Jugendstil. Source: Art Nouveau Movement Overview |Read More →

Chocolat Klaus - Leonetto Cappiello 1903

Leonetto Cappiello preferred to depict his typical female figure against a uniform background.Read More →