A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Art Nouveau

This is part of a series of posts summarising key points of different design movements, see A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction for more information.

Art Nouveau


1890s – 1910s

Widespread but predominantly European, with lots of different local variations

Included Louis Comfort Tiffany, René Lalique, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alfonso Mucha, Victor Horta,

Sinuous, elongated curves and forms, lots of twists and curls to imitate plant life, sometimes known as “whiplash” curves

Stylised natural motifs such as leaves, female figures, flowers, roots

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‘Total style’ – affected fine arts, furniture design, decorative arts, architecture, jewellery etc

Evolution of Arts & Crafts movement’s natural forms, reacting against urbanisation, but accepting of mass production and modernising manufacturing methods

Popularised by world fairs and magazines,such as Jugend in Germany

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CASE STUDY 1 – Alfonso Mucha

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CASE STUDY 2 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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