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Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art that started in Europe around 1890 and lasted until the First World War. It is characterized by intricate designs and flowing curves based on natural forms. Some of the most famous artists from the era have disparate styles including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Antoni Gaudi, and Alphonse Mucha.

Viewed as the first self-conscious attempt to create modern style, this art form allowed its practitioners and admirers to break away from past styles, artistic traditions and critical expectations. Considered as a "Total" art style its influence can be found in Paintings, Architecture, Graphic Arts, Interior Design and Decorative Arts including - Jewelry, Furniture and Lighting.

After 1910, Art Nouveau appeared old fashioned and limited, it was abandoned as a distinct decorative style to be replaced by the Art Deco Style.

Indian artist Seema Kohli's work is prevalent with Art Nouveau characteristics like decorative patterns, hair and curvaceous bodies of beautiful women, and intertwined organic forms.


Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda, 1894, poster, 85.03 x 29.52".