Art Nouveau

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Illustration by Léon Roze from Le Fouet au Moyen-âge (1908).

Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that was most popular during 1890–1910. English uses the French name Art nouveau ("new art"), but the style has many different names in other countries. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.

Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils and lighting, as well as the fine arts. According to the philosophy of the style, art should be a way of life. For many well-off Europeans, it was possible to live in an art nouveau-inspired house with art nouveau furniture, silverware, fabrics, ceramics including tableware, jewellery, cigarette cases, etc. Artists desired to combine the fine arts and applied arts, even for utilitarian objects.

Art Nouveau even shows in comics, for example in Little Nemo (see also Spanking in comics 1896-1918).

Art Nouveau in spanking art[edit]

The influence of Art Nouveau extends also to spanking art from the period 1890–1910, such as the illustrations in spanking novels and their covers.

An Art Nouveau influence is visible, for example, in the work of Léon Roze and Henri Caruchet, but also in later artists such as Hata Deli.

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