Art Nouveau, 1890-1914, explores a new style in the visual arts and architecture that developed in Europe and North America at the end of the nineteenth century. • "New Art“ • Sinuous lines and "whiplash" curves were derived.
Flowers and plants and curved lines • Architects try to harmonize with the natural environment • is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils and lighting, as well as the fine arts.
Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was Vienna's most renowned advocator of Art Nouveau, or, as the style was known in Germany, Jugendstil ("youth style"). He is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the twentieth century, and he also produced one of the century's most significant bodies of erotic art. Gustav Klimt
The Kiss (Oil, Gold and Silver leaf on canvas) The Park (Oil on canvas)
The Beethoven Frieze (Inlaid with various material) Medicine (Oil in canvas)
Arthur HeygateMackmurdo was a progressive English architect and designer, who influenced the Arts and Crafts Movement, notably through the Century Guild of Artists, which he set up in partnership with Selwyn Image in 1882. Arthur HeygateMackmurdo
Bookcover of Arthur Mackmurdo, Wren's City Churches, 1883: often cited among incunabula of Art Nouveau
Louis Comfort Tiffanywas an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements Louis Comfort Tiffany
An asymmetrical use of fanciful curves, forms from nature and colors characterize art nouveau motifs. These motifs are used not only in artwork, but also to decorate functional objects and architecture.
It was based on the premise that nature was the best source of inspiration and aesthetic principals, or ideas about beauty. The major characteristics of Art Nouveau architecture and art were curved forms and ornate embellishments with shapes from nature.
Art nouveau furniture is generally characterized by delicately curving lines and floral motifs. This kind of furniture often has no straight lines at all.
Art Nouveau focuses heavily on warm colors, with cool tones only used to highlight or accent. Particularly, Art Nouveau artists loved yellow. Loved it in every shade. When you add warm colors + lack of saturation, you get this very romantic, nostalgic, dreamy sort of feel to your piece.
References http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/artn/hd_artn.htm http://www.nga.gov/feature/nouveau/exhibit_intro.shtm http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-characteristics-of-art-nouveau-motifs.htm http://www.instagrok.com/grok/?query=art%20nouveau http://www.stencil-library.com/artnouveau-motif-stencils/page2.html http://www.pinterest.com/juliroo/historical-fashion-edwardian-art-nouveau-1900-1920/