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Art Nouveau

Updated on October 21, 2009

Art Nouveau Art example: 'The wish'

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Art Nouveau

The visual art style of Art Nouveau is commonly recognized for its beautifully crafted floral ornaments and other smooth organic shapes, often inspired by nature, flowers and the female body. In general these can be described as foliate and vine-shaped forms.

The Art Nouveau style is a movement mainly represented in Europe but which also branched out to reach the United States and other locations as well.

Originally, Art Nouveau is a French/Belgian name coined for this art style which came up as a response to the more academic art schools. However, the style often had different names in different countries.

A number of these names were coined after famous artists or magazines.

In Germany it was called Jugendstil, from the ‘Jugend Magazine’ created 1896 in Munich. This phrase is still used in there to indicate Art Nouveau.

In Italy they called it Style Liberty based on an English company that was one of the rare ones involved in Art Nouveau.

In France it was often referred to as Style Guimard.

Most commonly though, it was referred to as New art or Art Nouveu as most of us may have come to know it. The reason for this name was that this art style had its own fresh identity and brought new things to art which had not previously been seen.

Even though there was often a difference between different countries and artists within this style, there were a few things that unified the movement. Art Nouveau artists in general had a goal to eradicate the dividing between arts and general life. The aim was to make art a common thing for the general public and everyday life. For example the style was often found in Architecture where the goal was to make every detail of a building a part of one great artwork and thus quite literary incorporating it with mankind.

Other everyday items were carefully rendered silverware, furniture and jewelry.

In these days there seems to be a new dawn for the Art Nouveau, which once more is gaining the favor of the public. Many of the style’s design-characteristics can already be found in newspapers and adverts.

One of its most famous visual artists was the Czech painter Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).

Today this visual style is mainly represented by the artists solely known as ‘Daniel’ who is carrying the Art nouveau designs legacy on into contemporary times.

Art Nouveau example: 'Queen of Spades'

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Art Nouveau example: 'Queen of Hearts'

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