Abstract Design, Public Domain, New York Public Library
With today being Earth Day, what better day to feature one of my favorite design styles—Art Nouveau.
Art Nouveau (French for “new art”) was a very organic and naturalistic period celebrated in the late 1800s-early 1900s. It’s considered a “total art,” meaning the style was adopted in architecture, interior design, glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing…you name it.
I absolutely love Art Nouveau in graphic design!
Clémattes, Public Domain, New York Public Library
“The essence of Art Nouveau is a line, a sinuous extended curve found in every design of this style,” describes William Hardy in his book A Guide to Art Nouveau Style.
In layman’s terms, curved lines are the quintessential characteristic of Art Nouveau. Free flowing swirls, motifs of flora and fauna, muted colors—you got those and you’ve got Art Nouveau.
Original soft front cover, Public Domain, New York Public Library
Mucha Exhibition Brooklyn Museum, Public Domain, New York Public Library
To know Art Nouveau is to love Alphonse Mucha. He’s the ultimate representative of the period and his work is awesome.
Paul Greenhalgh, a leading scholar of the Art Nouveau period, describes Mucha’s depiction of women as “one of the most enduring of the style.”
Glamorous. Feminized, with long flowing hair. Mucha used emotion to capture the power of the female consumer, a successful theory used in advertising still today.
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