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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 Gustav Klimt, Lovers - 1904/1905, Print

Gustav Klimt

Lovers - 1904/1905, 2018
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,489

Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

L'européanisation du pop, 2017
15.7 x 8.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,468

François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

Éolie No. 20, 2017
36.2 x 18.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Our recommendations Thomas Jorion, Intersticio, Photography

Thomas Jorion

Intersticio, 2015
47.2 x 37.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$4,220

Rosie Emerson, Ophelia #4, Print

Rosie Emerson

Ophelia #4, 2012
29.5 x 21.7 inch
Print

$2,420

Julie Mechali, Arbre de Vie, Photography

Julie Mechali

Arbre de Vie, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$9,495

Jonas Leriche, La Renaissance, Print

Jonas Leriche

La Renaissance, 2017
45.3 x 30.7 inch
Print

$18,617

Jasmin Joseph, Life Tree, Painting

Jasmin Joseph

Life Tree, 1966
36 x 12 inch
Painting

$12,500

Derek Gores, Full volume klint 7, Painting

Derek Gores

Full volume klint 7, 2016
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,096

Arman, Bougeoir aux cuillères, Sculpture

Arman

Bougeoir aux cuillères, 2003
13.8 x 16.9 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,323

Erró, La femme fatale (à moi), Print

Erró

La femme fatale (à moi), 1993
28 x 20.5 inch
Print

$621

Our recommendations Jacques Villeglé, La Spirale Singulière, Print

Jacques Villeglé

La Spirale Singulière, 2013
29.5 x 29.5 inch
Print

$621

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

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Peace and Justice HPM, 2013
48 x 36.2 inch
Print

$18,617

Julie Peiffer, Les Vitraux, Photography

Julie Peiffer

Les Vitraux, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,489

Pascal Marcel, Le nouveau canapé, Painting

Pascal Marcel

Le nouveau canapé, 2018
44.9 x 57.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,213

Jérôme Mesnager, Art nouveau, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

Art nouveau, 2015
39.4 x 68.9 inch
Painting

$4,344

Agnès Tiollier, Fleurs d'eau, Painting

Agnès Tiollier

Fleurs d'eau, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,351

Albena Vatcheva, Cléopâtre, Painting

Albena Vatcheva

Cléopâtre, 2019
19.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,358

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

Evazesir (No Rules Corp)

L'une et l'autre, 2017
39.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,972

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

Hugh Turvey

Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose IV, 2014
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$1,290

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

Hugh Turvey

Xogram - Polychromatic Fiori - Rose II, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Photography

$1,290

Catherine Azaïs, Coquelicots, Painting

Catherine Azaïs

Coquelicots, 2014
18.3 x 24.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,489

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

Alex Konahin

La Mouche - The Fly, 2012
18.1 x 13 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,986

Martial Raysse, L'arbre 4, Fine Art Drawings

Martial Raysse

L'arbre 4, 1974
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,957

Kate Styler, Star eyes, Painting

Kate Styler

Star eyes, 2019
18.1 x 15 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,489

Lyubena Fox, Amsterdam Ornament, Fine Art Drawings

Lyubena Fox

Amsterdam Ornament, 2018
8.3 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,489

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

Viacheslav Malyna

Number 17 from the series Per fumos, 2019
47.2 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$550

Beat Kuert, A fire that slowly fades, Print

Beat Kuert

A fire that slowly fades, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,720

Sandra Dechnik, Madame pipi, Fine Art Drawings

Sandra Dechnik

Madame pipi, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

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

Gérard Ricard

La danseuse écartelée (Mémoire de Toulouse Lautrec), 2008
19.7 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,730

Valentine Burlan, Carmen, Print

Valentine Burlan

Carmen, 2017
12.2 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$98

Valentine Burlan, Chloé, Print

Valentine Burlan

Chloé, 2017
12.2 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$98

Our recommendations Caz In The Machine, Scarlett River, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Scarlett River, 2009
30.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,179

Caz In The Machine, Art Nouveau - Séraphine, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Art Nouveau - Séraphine, 2010
24.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$757

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

Luo Li Rong

L'Arrivée du jour (sans feuille), 2017
27.2 x 20.9 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Vik Muniz, Bulfinch and Weeping Cherry, Print

Vik Muniz

Bulfinch and Weeping Cherry, 2012
27.2 x 19.7 inch
Print

Sold out

Valérie Hadida, Nocturna, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Nocturna, 2017
31.5 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Our recommendations Mel Ramos, Candy II (Snickers), Sculpture

Mel Ramos

Candy II (Snickers), 2014
30 x 22 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$50,000

Chuck Sperry, Edwardian Ball (Tiger), Print

Chuck Sperry

Edwardian Ball (Tiger), 2016
35 x 17.9 inch
Print

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Tom Merrifield, Harriet, Sculpture

Tom Merrifield

Harriet, 2013
39.4 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$31,524

Max 132, Miss roiD, Painting

Max 132

Miss roiD, 2017
57.1 x 44.9 inch
Painting

$4,468

Our recommendations Anna Stein, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Anna Stein

Aphrodite, 2014
22.6 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,585

AJ Barnes, Ornamental, Photography

AJ Barnes

Ornamental, 2013
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$993

Apel.les Fenosa, Femmes fleurs, Print

Apel.les Fenosa

Femmes fleurs, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$372

Georges Saulterre, N°313, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°313, 2007
15.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

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

Caz In The Machine

Clochette Dark - Art Nouveau, 2015
23.2 x 15.4 inch
Photography

$645

Caz In The Machine, Frozen Spring, Photography

Caz In The Machine

Frozen Spring, 2010
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$844

PyB, Judith Klimt extended, Painting

PyB

Judith Klimt extended, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Craww, Moon In Water, Painting

Craww

Moon In Water, 2017
35.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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