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Inspired by Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is an art movement that began in the late 19th century, in opposition to the industrial revolution. The movement aimed to separate itself from previous art styles, and centuries of recurring techniques. The golden age of Art Nouveau began in 1900 with the Global Exhibition in Paris (l'Exposition universelle de Paris), where a number of galleries were able to exhibit this new style.

Women and nature are at the heart of this movement. Whether it's the curve of the female form, the delicate lines of a plant or the extravagant colors of an insect, Art Nouveau can be summarized in one word: picturesque.

Art Nouveau exists across a variety of creative spheres including sculpture, architecture, jewelry, and especially the decorative arts. Although it is nuanced, Art Nouveau follows a similar set of criteria regardless of the country or creative domain. As a movement, it aims to inject poetry and originality into harsh urban cityscapes; adding flowers, curves, curls, stained glass windows and various decorative elements to concrete jungles.

French art critics nicknamed the movement “noodle style", due to the heavily curved elements that marked the movement. Officially called the “Guimard Style," it's named after Hector Guimard, who designed the famous Parisian metro signs that are still standing today.

Meanwhile in Spain, Antoni Gaudi was quickly establishing himself as the master of “Catalan modernism", through his adaptation of traditional Art Nouveau. He turned Barcelona into his personal open-air museum, transforming buildings and public spaces like Güell park and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. 

Art Nouveau masters such as Gustav Klimt and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, took the painting world by storm. Along with The Kiss, The Tree of Life is one of Klimt's most famous pieces, and it is a perfect example of Art Nouveau. Nature consumes the couple in the painting, where the branches of the tree form staggered rows and small flowers grow at the trunk.

Art Nouveau regained popularity in the 70s and continues to inspire contemporary artists like French photographer Caz In The Machine. His works reflect the Art Nouveau style seen in Le Chat Noir, the popular “black cat" posters established in Montmartre in the late 19th century. Half naked women are placed center-stage in Caz's images, where they merge with the foliage and fauna that surrounds them. They also hold bouquets of flowers, allowing them to perfectly harmonize with the sombre tones of their environment.

Chuck Sperry is another prominent example, whose style is reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Unlike Caz In The Machine's figures, Chuck Sperry's posters are very colorful and rely on pop culture or cinematic references. The artist exhibits his Art Nouveau prints across the world. 

Rediscover Art Nouveau with this unique selection of works and get lost in the vintage glamour of the early 20th century, with the established and emerging artists on Artsper.

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Our recommendations Jacques Villeglé, La Spirale Singulière, Print

Jacques Villeglé

La Spirale Singulière, 2013
75 x 75 cm


Our recommendations Caz In The Machine, Scarlett River, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Scarlett River, 2009
78 x 60 cm


François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

Éolie No. 20, 2017
92 x 48 x 25 cm


Our recommendations Thomas Jorion, Intersticio, Photography

Thomas Jorion

Intersticio, 2015
120 x 96 x 2 cm


Lyubena Fox, Amsterdam Ornament, Fine Art Drawings

Lyubena Fox

Amsterdam Ornament, 2018
21 x 25 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Rosie Emerson, Ophelia #4, Print

Rosie Emerson

Ophelia #4, 2012
75 x 55 cm


Julie Mechali, Arbre de Vie, Photography

Julie Mechali

Arbre de Vie, 2015
60 x 80 x 5 cm


Jean-Pierre Ceytaire, Roitelet couronné, Painting

Jean-Pierre Ceytaire

Roitelet couronné, 2010
33 x 46 x 2 cm


Carlo Wostry, Jeune Espagnole, Painting

Carlo Wostry

Jeune Espagnole, 1930
49 x 39 x 2 cm


Giuseppe De Santis, Dame au parapet, Painting

Giuseppe De Santis

Dame au parapet, 1900
80 x 50 x 2 cm


Aleardo Villa, Il sofa rosso, Painting

Aleardo Villa

Il sofa rosso, 1900
50 x 40 x 2 cm


Jonas Leriche, La Renaissance, Print

Jonas Leriche

La Renaissance, 2017
115 x 78 cm


Jasmin Joseph, Life Tree, Painting

Jasmin Joseph

Life Tree, 1966
91.4 x 30.5 cm


Our recommendations Shepard Fairey (Obey), Peace and Justice HPM, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Peace and Justice HPM, 2013
122 x 92 cm


Erró, La femme fatale (à moi), Print


La femme fatale (à moi), 1993
71 x 52 cm


Arman, Bougeoir aux cuillères, Sculpture


Bougeoir aux cuillères, 2003
35 x 43 x 43 cm


Hugh Turvey, Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose IV, Photography

Hugh Turvey

Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose IV, 2014
70 x 70 cm


Hugh Turvey, Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose II, Photography

Hugh Turvey

Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose II, 2015
70 x 70 cm


Julie Peiffer, Les Vitraux, Photography

Julie Peiffer

Les Vitraux, 2016
80 x 80 cm


Jérôme Mesnager, Art nouveau, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

Art nouveau, 2015
100 x 175 cm


Pascal Marcel, Le nouveau canapé, Painting

Pascal Marcel

Le nouveau canapé, 2018
114 x 146 x 2 cm


Agnès Tiollier, Fleurs d'eau, Painting

Agnès Tiollier

Fleurs d'eau, 2020
116 x 89 x 2.5 cm


Evazesir (No Rules Corp), L'une et l'autre, Painting

Evazesir (No Rules Corp)

L'une et l'autre, 2017
100 x 120 x 3 cm


Caz In The Machine, Art Nouveau - Séraphine, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Art Nouveau - Séraphine, 2010
63 x 40 cm


Dominik Jasinski, Thinking of Summer, Print

Dominik Jasinski

Thinking of Summer, 2014
120 x 60 x 2 cm


Dominik Jasinski, F1, Print

Dominik Jasinski

F1, 2014
120 x 60 x 3 cm


Alice Laverty, La Transmission, Painting

Alice Laverty

La Transmission, 2018
81 x 65 x 2 cm


Viacheslav Malyna, Number 17 from the series Per fumos, Painting

Viacheslav Malyna

Number 17 from the series Per fumos, 2019
120 x 60 cm


Kate Styler, Star eyes, Painting

Kate Styler

Star eyes, 2019
46 x 38 x 2.5 cm


Catherine Azaïs, Coquelicots, Painting

Catherine Azaïs

Coquelicots, 2014
46.4 x 61.2 x 0.5 cm


Alex Konahin, La Mouche - The Fly, Fine Art Drawings

Alex Konahin

La Mouche - The Fly, 2012
46 x 33 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Martial Raysse, L'arbre 4, Fine Art Drawings

Martial Raysse

L'arbre 4, 1974
30 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Sandra Dechnik, Madame pipi, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Dechnik

Madame pipi, 2016
50 x 40 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings


Gérard Ricard, La danseuse écartelée (Mémoire de Toulouse Lautrec), Painting

Gérard Ricard

La danseuse écartelée (Mémoire de Toulouse Lautrec), 2008
50 x 150 x 3 cm


Valentine Burlan, Carmen, Print

Valentine Burlan

Carmen, 2017
31 x 25 x 1 cm


Valentine Burlan, Chloé, Print

Valentine Burlan

Chloé, 2017
31 x 25 x 1 cm


Derek Gores, Full volume klint 7, Painting

Derek Gores

Full volume klint 7, 2016
60 x 60 x 2 cm


AJ Barnes, Ornamental, Photography

AJ Barnes

Ornamental, 2013
50.8 x 40.6 cm


Caz In The Machine, Clochette Dark - Art Nouveau, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Clochette Dark - Art Nouveau, 2015
59 x 39 cm


Caz In The Machine, Frozen Spring, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Frozen Spring, 2010
60 x 40 cm


Our recommendations Anna Stein, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Anna Stein

Aphrodite, 2014
57.5 x 30 x 25 cm


Georges Saulterre, N°313, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°313, 2007
40 x 22 x 3 cm


Apel.les Fenosa, Femmes fleurs, Print

Apel.les Fenosa

Femmes fleurs, 1970
50 x 65 cm


Luisa-Fernanda Debarnot, Abeilles, Painting

Luisa-Fernanda Debarnot

Abeilles, 2019
120 x 60 x 4 cm


Max 132, Miss roiD, Painting

Max 132

Miss roiD, 2017
145 x 114 cm


Georges Saulterre, N°996, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°996, 2008
69 x 15 x 20 cm


Luo Li Rong, L'Arrivée du jour (sans feuille), Sculpture

Luo Li Rong

L'Arrivée du jour (sans feuille), 2017
69 x 53 x 48 cm

15,000 - $ 25,000

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