Why Is Art Nouveau Important

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d active until the early 20th century (1905 or arguably 1910). After a life span of 25 years, Art Nouveau went out of style, as it was succeeded by Art Deco as well as suffered from the social shift caused by World War I.
If Art Nouveau was forgotten, how important must it have been? Art Nouveau was immensely important since it was more than an art style. It was a lifestyle of its own. During those 25 years of existence, it was omnipresent. From graphic design, jewelry, architecture, product design, furniture, to even the subway gates in Paris, Art Nouveau was the dominant inspiration.
Additionally, Art Nouveau was unique as it was one of the first art styles to expand beyond a single country and find its way throughout Europe and Northern
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Because its far reaching influence brought art into daily life ranged from art to architecture, it is difficult to establish one clear element starting art nouveau.
The launch in 1880 by the English designer William Morris of the Arts and Crafts movement could be considered as the start of the Art Nouveau since his movement was rejecting Victorian-era historical decorative art. Over the 1880s and 1890s, European artists like Gustav Klimt, Emile Galle and James Abbott McNeill Whistler were influenced by Japanese art. Flowers and curves were widely used stylistic features on Japanese wood-block prints and became representative of the upcoming Art Nouveau. In France, Vincent van Gogh’s flowing lines and patterns, Paul Gauguin’s pieces rich with flowery and vivid colors or Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographs for example La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge (1891) could mark the start of Art Nouveau. In the United Kingdom, a book jacket featuring floral motif similar to Japanese-style wood-block prints on 1883 volume Wren's City Churches written by Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, an English architect and designer, is said to mark the start of art
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However that’s not all, in 1880 when art nouveau still wasn’t officially born yet the arts at the time were highly academic, to be considered an artist, the requirement was to attend one of the many arts academy. Students would need to commit to the rigorous study of line, form, shape, and texture, with the ultimate goal of producing paintings of idealized figures and landscape, and of course for all the artists who did just that, some though academic art was not in line with their expectations, and reacted accordingly. These artists believed art should not be studied like an academic subject, since doing such limited art only to the privileged and upper class. These “rebel” artists driven to impart their own style in the art world, were the innovators of the very short, but highly influential movement known as Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau which means New Art in French moved away from imitation of real subjects and moved towards the flowing and twisting lines and shapes of nature, art nouveau pieces are organic in their ornamentation featuring what many art historians call the whiplash curves, decorating every available

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