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Casting off the previous hundred years of architecture and design, Art Nouveau style created a sensation when it exploded onto the Paris and London scenes at the turn of the twentieth century. Although Art Nouveau may appear harmlessly pretty now, late Victorians found its flamboyance shocking, and most either loved it or hated it. It was the first truly modern design style, making a conscious break with history and tradition and beating down the barriers between the fine arts and the decorative arts.

Art Nouveau practitioners like Aubrey Beardsley, Antonio Gaudi, and Gustav Klimt took their inspiration directly from the curvilinear forms of nature, developing a new design lexicon of highly stylized natural forms and exuberantly flowing shapes. “Applied” artists like architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and glassmaker Louis Comfort Tiffany were not far behind, and spiderwebs, dragonflies, dogwoods, peacock feathers, poppies, locusts, and thistles soon buzzed and blossomed on wallpaper, furniture, textiles, and accents. Sinuous lines, elaborate patterns, and flat, asymmetrical Japanese-inspired compositions were carved or painted onto every available surface. Colors ranged from elegantly muted sage and mustard to opulent lilac, gold, salmon, and robin’s egg blue.

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Ornament is the soul of Art Nouveau design, which held that no object was so mundane that it could not be beautiful. Must-have Art Nouveau accessories include art glass -- jewel-toned Tiffany stained glass, etched Lalique glass, or Galle “cameo glass,” which has a raised design cut out of the glass with acid, are good places to start a collection.

 

 

 

Mackintosh-style ornaments are widely available -- he designed everything from the Glasgow School of Art to jewelry boxes -- and elegant posters by Alphonse Mucha or Jules Cheret add a period flair to an Art Nouveau-inspired space. And while an original Tiffany lamp costs a fortune, Art Nouveau pieces were designed for mass production, and reproductions are widely available.


 

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