Art Nouveau in Paris

Art Nouveau in Paris
Paris Metro 2 Porte Dauphine Libellule.JPG
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René lalique, pettine in corno, oro, smalti e brillanti, 1902 ca.JPG
Top: Edicule of the Abbesses (Paris Métro) station by Hector Guimard (1900): Poster of Sarah Berhardt by Alphonse Mucha; Jewelry by René Lalique (1902);
Years activec. 1895–1910

The Art Nouveau movement of architecture and design flourished in Paris from about 1895 to 1914, reaching its high point at the 1900 Paris International Exposition. with the Art Nouveau metro stations by designed Hector Guimard. It was characterized by a rejection of historicism and traditional architectural forms, and a flamboyant use of floral and vegetal designs, sinuous curving lines such as the whiplash line, and asymmetry. It was most prominent in architecture, appearing in department stores, apartment buildings, and churches; and in the decorative arts, particularly glassware, furniture, and jewelry. Besides Guimard, major artists included René Lalique in glassware, Louis Majorelle in furniture, and Alphonse Mucha in graphic arts, It spread quickly to other countries, but lost favor after 1910 and came to an end with the First World War.