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Art nouveau was a movement in the history of design.
In the history of graphic design, the movement ushered in new modernism.
During the late 1800s, many European artists, graphic designers, and architects rebelled against formal, classical approaches to design.
In Budapest, Hungary the Museum of Applied Arts and Lindenbaum House and the Postal Savings Bank are fine examples of art nouveau stylings.
In the Czech Republic, it is the Municipal House in Prague.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, art nouveau was revived in the poster art (sometimes erotic) of Englishman Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) and the French Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).
Dormitory rooms across the United States were known to be decorated with art nouveau posters hung next to Jimi Hendrix.
Often my Art Nouveau fantasies take shape in the odd fungal-shaped stained-glass lamps of Tiffany.
Or sometimes they surface as the romantic Parisian posters I’ve seen at Pier One, advertising champagne or cats noir or bicycles or the like.
Jackie Craven, Doctor of Arts in Writing, has over 20 years of experience writing about architecture and the arts.
She is the author of two books on home decor and sustainable design and a collection of art-themed poetry.