Art Nouveau! Can You Spot It?
Quick tips for noticing it and identifying Art Nouveau
Inspiration came from flowers, clouds, insects, and Japanese woodblock prints
Colors in Art Nouveau are often soft, muted, and related to nature: greens, blues, mauve, pink, yellow, brown
Art Nouveau designs are often asymmetrical
Whether glass, pottery, jewelry, or furniture, Art Nouveau designs are filled with curves, swirls, and nature
Art Nouveau designs were created between 1880 and 1920
Important Art Nouveau artists and designers include Alphonse Mucha, Victor Horta, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Majorelle, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Panel by Alphonse Mucha
Swirls and curls and whirls of flowers and hair! The epitome of Art Nouveau! A screen printed panel designed by Alphonse Mucha (think of the Metro stations in Paris).
Titled "Woman with Daisy," c. 1898-1900, designed by Alphonse Mucha. Art Institute of Chicago, public domain.
Brooch by Marcus and Co.
Brooch made by Marcus and Co., an American company in New York. Made c. 1900. Enamel, conch pearl, diamond, platinum, and 18 karat gold. Three inches long.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain.
Museums with Art Nouveau collections
Victoria and Albert Museum in London (love their Art Nouveau jewelry!)
Villa Majorelle in Nancy, France
Mucha Museum in Prague, Czech Republic
Horta Museum in Brussels, Belgium
Musée d'Orsay in Paris
Are you a fan of Art Nouveau?