ART NOUVEAU – SamPosted: May 3, 2011
Art nouveau has made itself known and present from the 1880’s till 1915’s.
This movement walked under the flag of an art that would break all connections to classical times, and bring down the barriers between fine arts and applied arts.
Art nouveau was more than just a mere style, it was a very way of thinking about modern society and new production methods.
It was an attempt to redefine the meaning and nature of the work of art.
Art Nouveau emphasized handcrafting as opposed to machine manufacturing, the use of new materials. Although curving lines characterize Art Nouveau, right-angled forms are also typical, especially as the style was practiced in Scotland and in Austria. Typical for this style was artistic application of modern industrial techniques and modern materials (unmasked iron in architecture for example). Principal subjects are lavish birds and flowers, insects and polyformic femme fatale. Abstract lines and shapes are used widely as a filling for recognizable subject matter.