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Important 19th Century Art Nouveau
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Théophile Steinlen, Swiss, 1859-1923

Gustav Klimt, Austrian, 1862-1918

Aubrey Beardsley, British, 1872-1898

Alphonse Mucha, Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939

 Antonio Gaudí, Spanish, 1852-1926

 Hector Guimard, French, 1867-1942)

 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1861-1901

The Art Nouveau Movement

The Art Nouveau style is decorative in nature It is characterized by whimsical compositions and light hearted colors. Painters found inspiration in the nature. They were attracted to trees and plants. Recreating their sensuous curves and graceful flowing lines.  Many painters of the movement were  profoundly influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. The highly stylized organic, ornamental shapes and patterns quickly infused all aspects of design and later inspired the Art Deco movement.

Art Nouveau  first appeared in the mid 1880s, lasting into the early 1900s. The style developed in Paris.  Painters  such as Alphonse Mucha Gustav Klimt and  Théophile Steinlen are most closely associated with the Art Nouveau style.  Painters of this style emphasized intensely erotic themes as well as mythology and literature. Favoring: Eve, flowers, butterflies, Lilith, serpents and nature motifs.  Art Nouveau designs influenced jewelry, architectural design,  wallpaper and furniture,  posters,  magazine and calendar illustration.


 Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with the Art Nouveau movement- butterflies, birds, simplified forms,  femininity, pictorial rhythm, strong compositions, natural colors, sensuous curves derived from nature, graceful flowing lines, stylization Japanese woodblock prints, organic, ornamental shapes and patterns.  


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