Art Nouveau is about curves and arabesques..
He is inspired by nature, favors the theme of women and he was born in the Belle Epoque (1890-1914).
Ceramics, furniture, works of art, glassware ... Art Nouveau offers a real aesthetic universe.
In France, Art Nouveau emerged in the early 1890s, and was quickly referred to as the "noodle style", due to the privilege given to arabesques on straight lines.
It was born as a reaction against the drifts of excessive industrialization.
Art Nouveau is characterized by inventiveness, the presence of rhythms, colors, ornamentations inspired by trees, flowers, insects, animals, and which introduce sensitivity into the daily decor.
It is also a total art in the sense that it occupies all the space available to set up a personal universe considered favorable to the development of modern man at the dawn of the 20th century..
Art Nouveau is an extremely rich artistic movement, which did not unfold in the same way depending on the place, time and technique..
The main themes :
The woman: The image of the woman is extremely present within the artistic production of Art Nouveau. Whether as an ethereal and mysterious woman, as a symbol of nature, an active and vibrant woman or a femme fatale, a morning of eroticism, this theme is recurrent in the vast majority of trends, places and internal movements. .
The image of women is also important in the Art Nouveau movement for its naturalistic aspect..
Nature: A model of perfect beauty, nature is widely exploited as a theme by the Art Nouveau movement, but going beyond traditional naturalism.
Art Nouveau and jewelry
The art of jewelry has been revitalized by Art Nouveau, the main source of inspiration being nature. This renovation was completed by the virtuosity achieved in the work of enamel and new materials, such as opal and other gems. The widespread interest in Japanese art and the growing enthusiasm for the various techniques of metalworking, have played a considerable role in new artistic approaches and ornamental themes.
The jewelers of Paris and Brussels were the main instigators of this turnaround, giving a new breath that will quickly translate into a wide reputation for the Art Nouveau style. Contemporary French critics were unanimous: the art of jewelry was undergoing a radical transformation, and the jeweler and master glassmaker René Lalique was at its center. Lalique glorified nature in his creations, amplifying his repertoire to incorporate unconventional elements - dragonflies and herbs - inspired by drawings of Japanese art.