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Art Nouveau


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circa (1890–1905)


Art Nouveau is an international movement of art, architecture and applied art, particularly the decorative arts, that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century.
Derived from the French meaning new art, also known as ‘Jugendstil’ or 'youth style', named after the German magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italian, ‘Stile Liberty’, from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularized the style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by floral and other organic-inspired motifs, highly stylized, dense asymmetrical ornamentation in sinuous forms, it is often symbolic and of an erotic nature. Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life. The fifteen-year peak was most strongly felt throughout Europe, but its influence was global. Art Nouveau was a movement that was very broad in its scope. To many, it was a whole way of life. It was possible to live in an art nouveau house with art nouveau furniture, silverware, woodwork, jewelry, etc. The Art Nouveau movement wanted to make art part of everyday life, and bring down the distinctions between the fine arts and applied arts. Art Nouveau was noted by a specific way of thinking about modern society and new production methods, wanting to redefine the meaning and nature of the work of art, so that art would not overlook any everyday object, no matter how mundane. Although Art Nouveau fell out of favor with the arrival of 20th-century modernist styles, it is seen today as an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism.


see also. Gustav Klimt, Alfonse Mucha


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