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6 Art Nouveau destinations you may not know about

From the 1880s until World War I, artworks, design objects, and architecture in many European cities sprouted with sinuous, undulating curves, organic motifs and bright colours. Art Nouveau exhuberant Finding examples of this art and architectural form on your travels to Europe is not hard, and major examples can be found in cities like Nancy, Prague,…

It has been discovered that Victor Horta and Van Gogh knew each other

A largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. A tantalising and largely overlooked postscript in a letter suggests that Vincent van Gogh knew the young Victor Horta, who would eventually become the celebrated Art Nouveau and Art Deco architect. At the end…

About the names of Art Nouveau (work in progress)

Since Art Nouveau became popular in various countries in Europe, the movement gained different regional and sometimes even local names. Most popular names are Art Nouveau, Jugedstil, Secession, Modernisme and Moderisme, but more name exist all over the world. Austria: Secessionstil, Sezessionstil, Secession or Sezession or Viennese Secession Belgium: Art Nouveau Catalonia: Modernisme Czech Republic…

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Art Nouveau B-cities: Budapest, Brussels and Barcelona

Some people say that the Art Nouveau B-cities of Budapest, Brussels and Barcelona are very distinct, but we are not that sure about it. Can you figure out if the following 18 pictures are from Budapest, Brussels or Barcelona? Are you one of the 1% of people giving a right response to each of the 18…

Which movements influenced Art Nouveau? (test your skills)

Many people love Art Nouveau but only a few can distinguish what inspired and influenced this Art Style and what didn’t. Check if you are one of them. Before testing your skills on what influenced Art Nouveau, let us see what Art Nouveau (1880-1914) is. It means “new art” and embraced Europe’s new industrial aesthetic…

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Who was Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939)?

During his life Alphonse Mucha was an interior designer and decorator, graphic designer, illustrator and painter, both from poster and paintings. Born in Moravia (Czech Republic, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), he was the son of a bailiff. His father wanted to make him his successor, but his love for drawing since childhood was be…

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Lviv, a hidden gem of Art Nouveau

Lviv is located in the far west of Ukraine, 470km away from its capital Kiev and just 50km from the Polish border. Not only it has a Unesco World Heritage status but it is probably Europe’s most hidden Art Nouveau gem. Sincerely, It looks as if only art and architecture historians are paying some attention to it. When…

Are you a Gaudí fan? Test your skills

Antoni Gaudí is very popular architect and a proof of that is that his works, from the spectacular Sagrada Família to the picturesque Park Güell, are appealing to more and more people every year.He was a Catalan architect who has become internationally recognised as one of the most prodigious experts in his discipline, as well…