Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is a style of decoration, design and architecture from the late 1890s and early 1900s. 
It was an international movement, admired throughout Europe and the USA, although Paris and Brussels are regarded as its birthplace. 

It was a break away from the fussy designs of the Victorian age – hence its name, ‘nouveau’.  It is recognised by lines and motifs based on plants, birds and female figures.

One of the most famous Art Nouveau artists was Gustav Klimt, born in Austria in 1862. This is a copy of his painting, Adele Block-Bauer.