Art Nouveau The Art Nouveau, or ‘new art’ period, 1890-1910,...

Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau, or ‘new art’ period, 1890-1910, describes a movement that influenced fine art, architecture and the decorative arts and developed as a philosophy which embraced Art Nouveau as a life style, influencing the design of furniture, textiles and crockery, utilitarian objects, jewelry and clothing.

The Art Nouveau style, inspired by nature’s curving lines, is perhaps most familiar in the work of architect Antoni Gaudi in Spain, the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha in the form of lithographed posters, the American, Louis Comfort Tiffany, famous for lamps and jewelry, book illustrator and graphic artist Aubrey Beardsley in England and Scottish born Charles Rennie Mackintosh whose furniture and textile designs were influenced by both Scottish and Japanese forms. Perhaps the most famous paintings of the period are that of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” and the dream like paintings of Maxfield Parrish. 

Though the Arts and Crafts style and the Pre-Raphaelites preceded the Art Nouveau movement by thirty years many of the most famous participants are also identified with Art Nouveau. William Morris’s textile designs, the illustrations of Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais as well as the enduring wok of architects such as Julia Morgan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Bernard Maybeck.

Historically, Art Nouveau imagery at Oberon Design has incorporated the designs of Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, Alphonse Mucha, Munch and Mackintosh. Current Art Nouveau designs we offer are a Beardsley flowering thistle, Morris acanthus leaves, M.P. Verneuil dandelion dragonfly, and our butterfly, flower fairy and peacock images as well as a number of jewelry pieces that express an Art Nouveau theme.

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