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Art Nouveau was a style that took Europe by storm. Generating enthusiasts in the decorative and graphic arts and architecture throughout Europe and beyond, Art Nouveau appeared in a wide variety of strands, and, consequently, it is known by various names, such as the Glasgow Style, or, in the German-speaking world, Jugendstil. Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design, seeking to escape the eclectic historical styles that had previously been popular. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, evolving elegant designs that united flowing, natural forms resembling the stems and blossoms of plants. The movement was committed to abolishing the traditional hierarchy of the arts, which viewed painting and sculpture as superior to decorative arts. The style went out of fashion for the most part before the First World War, paving the way for Art Deco in the 1920s, but it experienced a popular revival in the 1960s, and it is now seen as an important predecessor of modernism. (The Art Story)

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French-Swiss, 1859–1923
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