Art Nouveau

A modern style of architecture and decorative art from about 1890 to 1910, characterized primarily by fluid motifs derived from natural forms.

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Modernismo Spanish
Art Nouveau
Jugendstil German
Sezessionstil German
Stile Floreale Italian
Stile Liberty Italian
Arte Joven
Nieuwe Kunst
Modern Style
Quaint Style
Style Guimard
Yachting Style

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Refers generally to the style of painting, architecture, and the decorative and applied arts that flourished in Europe and the United States from about 1890 to 1910. The style is characterized by an emphasis on fluid, undulating, or serpentine lines or contours based on organic forms and the use of modern materials such as iron and glass. The style developed in to regional variations under various names, Glasgow style (Scotland); Modern style, Style nouille, Style coup de fouet (Belgium); Style Jules Verne, Style Métro, Style 1900, Art fin de siècle, Art belle époque (France); Jugendstil (Germany and Austria); Sezessionstil (Austria); Arte joven (Spain); Modernisme (Catalonia); Arte nuova, Stile floreale, Stile Liberty (Italy); Arte Nova (Portugal) Nieuwe kunst (the Netherlands); Stil’ modern (Russia); Tiffany style (USA).

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300021430. The J. Paul Getty Trust.