Decorative, sensual, and uncompromising, Art Nouveau ('New Art') emerged as a dynamic and expressive style in the visual arts from the early 1890s to the First World War. Taking its inspiration from the natural world, its characteristic motifs include delicate tendrils, organic forms, swooping, swirling lines, eccentric geometry and exotic bodies.Read more See less
Find out how Art Nouveau style emerged in several European countries under different names
The risqué and often shockingly explicit content of many Art Nouveau works is one of the most striking features of the style
"I have one aim – the grotesque. If I am not grotesque, I am nothing"
Discover the beauty of fin-de-siècle glass and jewellery, by some of the finest Art Nouveau designers