Art Nouveau from a historical perspective

Art Nouveau is very en vogue in Rotterdam too, I know some artists that make it ūüėČ

About Art Nouveau

Being confused all the time about whether a building actually is Art Nouveau or not, made me decide to get my facts straight and learn to recognise the characteristics of the style.

In order to understand the situation in which Art Nouveau emerged, we‚Äôre going back in time¬†to find the Industrial Revolution taking place in the 1850s. People¬†felt rich and wanted to have things that before only really rich people could afford. Thanks to¬†mechanisation (cheap mass production) imitations of luxury products and¬†‚Äėart‚Äô were made affordable¬†to everyone.¬†Previous styles were copied¬†and quality was no longer important.¬†Anyone could now¬†live in style!

As could be expected, the¬†traditional craftsmen¬†did not appreciate this new¬†direction at all!¬†They insisted on hand made,¬†quality products. In the UK, these craftsmen formed the ‚ÄėArts and Crafts Movement‚Äô, led by John Ruskin and later by William Morris. Their objective¬†was to create beautiful yet sustainable¬†products for the ordinary man. ‚ÄėArts and Crafts‚Äô¬†is therefore not a style, but‚Ķ

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