Art Nouveau Art Prints – Taking a Look Back at “New Art”
Art Nouveau remains one of my favorite genres. There is something chic and fashionable about it that I find aesthetically pleasing to my eye. The name is French for “new art” and began at the end of the 19th century and piqued in the early 20th century. Like Art Deco, it influenced everything from architecture to home furnishings as well as interior design and decorative arts.
The movement was catapulted into the mainstream by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha after he produced a lithographed poster advertisement for the play Gismonda by Victorien Sardou, starring Sarah Bernhard which appeared in Paris on January 1, 1895. While the movement was short-lived, it is considered important for it bridged Neoclassicism and modernism.
Possibly the most famous piece Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen every painted was Tournee du Chat Noir, yet the artist produced hundreds of works between 1893 and 1920.
Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt’s semi erotic paintings sent the art world into a tail spin in the early 20th century. His use of gold backgrounds and mosaic patterns makes Klimt’s work is easy to spot.
Scottish architect, designer, watercolourist and sculptor Charles Rennie Mackintosh had a considerable influence on European design during the height of the Nouveau period.
The most famous of the Art Nouveau painters, Alphonse Mucha, was also most influential of the period as he inspired other artist to follow her lead.
French painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was famous for both his Post-impressionism and his Art Nouveau work. His elegant yet provocative style made him stand out as unique.
French painter Jules Chéret has been referred to as the “father of the modern poster”. His success in the industry inspired new painters such as Charles Gesmar and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the late 19th century.
English-born artist Louis Rhead emigrated to the US in 1883 and became one of the most prominent poster artist of the late 19th century. His work appeared in such prestigues magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Magazine, Century Magazine and Ladies Home Journal.
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