#Lecture 2: 1900

:: 4rt Nouveau ::

“The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau Architecture…” Salvador Dali

Art Nouveau was an international movement of art and architecture.  It particularly peaked at the turn of the 20th Century (1890-1905).  Art Nouveau, French for ‘New Art’ is also known as Jugendstil, German for ‘Youth Art’.

The movement was strongly encouraged by Alphonse Mucha.  Mucha was commissioned to produce a poster which advertised a play ‘Gismonda’, starring Sarah Bernhardt.  In a short time this poster declared a new style and movement known as Mucha, later on known as Art Nouveau.  It is a very unique and easily distinguishable style of art, featured by its organic design, especially floral and plant-life inspired images, not forgetting its flowing lines and whiplash curves.  Art Nouveau inspired man designers who applied it to art, architecture, furniture, typography and even wall paper designs.

Poster for play "Gismonda", starring Sarah Bernhardt


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