The Evolution of Style

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The Evolution of Style: A blog around the evolution of art nouveau in interior decorating, architecture and furniture design.

I am a huge fan of the art nouveau movement and i am always looking for ways to incorporate the stylistic elements into my home. Unlike other similar blogs, I will be including information on how to acquire pieces from different eras. The blog will not focus on just one era but rather feature a variety of styles and thus become a general resource for those who are interested in the evolution of art nouveau style. The Evolution of Style is a good place to learn about this unique artistic movement as well as discover ways to incorporate it into your own home.

I have always been fascinated by the different styles of art including architecture and furniture design throughout the ages. I have been a real estate agent for over 15 years, and one of my first clients was an architect, who was working on a book on the famous French Art Nouveau designer Louis Majorelle. His books were everywhere in his home and I could not get enough of them!

Later, I found out that art nouveau was actually a late-19th century design movement in France, Belgium and other European countries inspired by natural forms. It is often characterized by sinuous lines, as well as floral and vegetative motifs. Some forms of art nouveau decoration can be described as an amalgam of several historic styles simultaneously. The movement began in 1885 with the Parisian workshop of Gustav Klimt and his younger contemporary Josef Hoffmann, whose work had a strong influence on Art Nouveau artists in Prague, Vienna and Munich.

Art Nouveau was called modern for its time because it expressed modern ideas: nature, technology, democracy, mobility, and new ways of thinking. The style was embraced across Europe as an antidote to both the excessive ornamentation of the Victorian period and traditional historical styles associated with monarchy

The art nouveau design style was a very popular one in the early 1900s, known for its stylized floral patterns and organic shapes. Today, most people are familiar with art nouveau through its influence on the designs of artists such as Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.

Art Nouveau was first recognized as a distinct movement in the late 1800s, but it did not achieve widespread popularity until the turn of the century. The style originated in France, but soon gained popularity throughout Europe and North America. The style evolved over time, growing more complex with each passing decade.

In this blog we will explore the evolution of art nouveau from its origins in the late 19th century to its decline at the beginning of World War I. As we progress through time, we will see how art nouveau evolved into styles like art deco, which were often considered to be a logical progression from art nouveau.

The Art Nouveau movement was a reaction against the academic art of the day and its emphasis on realism. It is considered by many to be a bridge between the traditional craft-based styles of the 19th century and modernism. Its free, organic and flowing forms are in contrast to the straight lines and sharp angles of the more formal styles which came before it.

Art Nouveau flourished for just about 15 years from about 1892 to about 1907. It was a period of much experimentation in terms of both materials and shapes, with new materials like cast iron, glass, steel and ceramics being used alongside traditional ones such as wood and stone. The natural world provided a great deal of inspiration for artists of this style, particularly plants and flowers which often became stylized into very unusual yet beautiful shapes.

Art Nouveau is a style of art, architecture and applied art – especially the decorative arts – that were most popular between 1890 and 1910. It is also known as Jugendstil, because of the German title Jugend, ‘youth’. Art Nouveau is considered one of the most important artistic movements of the 19th century, as modernity was coming into existence.


Puvis de Chavannes

The artist Puvis de Chavannes is well-known to students of 19th-century French art, but his appeal is not limited to specialists. His paintings are bright and accessible, and they have a certain cheerfulness that makes them appealing in today’s world of dark cynicism and irony. It is remarkable how much his work has to say to us now, and it seems unlikely that he will be forgotten anytime soon.

Towards the end of the 1870s, Puvis began to experiment with decorative patterns in his paintings. These are sometimes compared to the wallpaper designs of William Morris or the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, but these are only distant cousins. Puvis was working on a large scale (he usually worked on ceilings), with a more painterly technique than most wallpaper designers would dare to use. His decorative schemes were not applied like wallpapers; they were painted on in thin glazes, with no attempt made to match either color or texture with the surfaces beneath them. He never used stencils or repeated patterns; everything was done by hand.

Over time Puvis developed two common decorative schemes: one based on circles, and another based on crosses. The circle scheme appears more frequently in

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