art nouveau art nouveau

Definition(s):

  • (n) a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s; characterized by stylized natural forms and sinuous outlines of such objects as leaves and vines and flowers

Usage(s):

  1. It was not so long agoa matter of 20 yearsthat art nouveau was considered a minor style, deservedly forgotten.
  2. At the turn of the century, European taste makers found themselves caught up in the snaky tendrils of a self-conscious style called art nouveau.
  3. Sketches for carved colonnades incorporate fantastic root-and-branch configurations that would have delighted Spain's art nouveau master, Antoni Gaud.

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