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Majorelle took over the family cabinetmaking and ceramics business in Nancy in 1879. In the late 1880s, he began designing Modern furniture. Working in the Art Nouveau style, Majorelle was the most dynamic practitioner of the School of Nancy. By mechanising his factory, he produced significant quantities of highly decorated commercial furniture and more elaborate pieces using expensive materials such as mahogany, burr walnut, and ormolu. Read More →

Charles Plumet furniture

In the year 1861, Charles Plumet was born. As an architect, he built structures in the mediaeval and early French Renaissance styles. He worked on interiors and furniture designs in Art Nouveau styles with Tony Selmersheim (1871–1971). Between 1896 and 1901, Charles Plumet joined l’Art dans Tout (Art in Everything), an association of architects, painters, and sculptors who consciously attempted to renew decorative art, adopting styles ranging from adapted mediaeval to Art Nouveau. Read More →

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) is a museum dedicated to the exhibition and conservation of decorative arts. Located at 107 Rue de Rivoli in the city’s 1st arrondissement, the museum occupies the northwest wing of the Palais du Louvre, known as the Pavillon de Marsan (Marsan Pavilion). With more than one million objects in its collection, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the largest museum of decorative arts in continental Europe.Read More →

Manuel Orazi - Loïe Fuller

Manuel Orazi was a Spanish illustrator, a lithographer who contributed notable Art Nouveau posters of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. He designed the 1884 Théodora poster for Sarah Bernhardt with Gorguet. Others of his posters were for Peugeot bicycles, the opera Aben Hamet and, in the form of an old torn manuscript, for the opera Thaïs by Jules Massenet.
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Art Nouveau was an international style of design and architecture.

Idiosyncratic and romantic the Art Nouveau style derived from the vestiges of academic classicism of the École des Beauz-Arts, Paris and the study of plant forms. Between 1880 and 1910, the Art Nouveau movement was influential throughout Europe and to a lesser degree in the United States. The following are 10 beautifully crafted examples of jewellery design in this style.Read More →

Bird designed 1878 by William Morris

From the 1880s until the eve of World War One, Art Nouveau flourished across Europe. It was a universal style intended to unify the fine and applied arts to create a Gesamtkunstwerk (‘total work of art’). Everything from furniture to book illustration was influenced by its elegant organic forms. Source:Read More →

At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Art Nouveau movement began in 1890 with the goal of modernizing the design and abandoning the classical, historical styles that had previously been popular. Art Nouveau artists drew inspiration from natural elements, such as flowers or insects. Source: 10 Art Nouveau Artists Who Defined the MovementRead More →

Golden Gates Paris an example of Art Nouveau

Essay From the 1880s until the First World War, western Europe and the United States witnessed the development of Art Nouveau (“New Art”). Taking inspiration from the unruly aspects of the Art Nouveau influenced art and architecture especially in the applied arts, graphic work, and illustration. Source: Art Nouveau |Read More →

Wren's City Churches, 1883 Bookcover of Arthur Mackmurdo

Art Nouveau Art Nouveau was an artistic movement which peaked in popularity between 1890 and 1905 which was practiced in the fields of art, architecture and applied art. It is a French term meaning “new art” and is characterized by organic and plant motifs as well as other highly stylizedRead More →

The Strawberry Thief (Flower and Bird Pattern), 1884 by William Morris

If you’ve been to Paris or seen it in photos, you’ll recognize the swirling, plant-like gates, with their distinctive lettering, that serve as entryways to the city’s subway system, or metro, as it’s known there. Of the many terms for in France, Style Metro remains one of the most persistent,Read More →

Gustav Klimt cropped photo image

Art Nouveau Generating enthusiasts in the decorative and graphic arts and architecture throughout Europe and beyond, Art Nouveau appeared in a wide variety of strands, and, consequently, it is known by various names, such as the Glasgow Style, or, in the German-speaking world, Jugendstil. Source: Art Nouveau Movement Overview |Read More →