Inspiration was given to me by heading down to the beach for a surf early on a Monday morning, haven’t thought about this inspiring style since I studied and had to refresh my memory!
Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that was most popular during 1890–1910. Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.
Art Nouveau is considered a “total” art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils and lighting, as well as the fine arts. According to the philosophy of the style, art should be a way of life.
The origins of Art Nouveau are found in the resistance of the artist William Morris to the cluttered compositions and the revival tendencies of the 19th century and his theories that helped initiate the Arts and crafts movement.
In architecture, hyperbolas and parabolas in windows, arches, and doors are common, and decorative mouldings ‘grow’ into plant-derived forms. Like most design styles, Art Nouveau sought to harmonise its forms.
FORM & CHARACTER
La tournée du Chat Noir avec Rodolphe Salis (1896) by Théophile Steinlen
The Peacock Skirt, by Aubrey Beardsley, (1892)
Art Nouveau tiles are some of the most beautiful and eye-catching tiles ever made. They were particularly popular for use in fireplaces.
THE ENTRANCE TO THE Métro at Porte Dauphine
Hector Guimard was commissioned to design all the entrances for the Paris metro in 1902. His name was synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement and his sinuous floral designs in forged iron were produced in sections so that they could be adapted to the conditions of each station. His designs were elaborate with glass roofs and walls and some even included drainage systems. Hector Guimard designed all the entrances to the Paris metro stations until 1913.
Divine, Art Nouveau definately elevates the work of the decorative artist, celebrating the art in the artisan!