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Definition of Art nouveau

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style of decorative art popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (characterized by plant motifs, flowing lines and asymmetrical shapes)
Art nouveau Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Antiques World Dictionary of Antique & Estate Jewelry
A flowing style with sinuous curves and naturalistic motifs that was popular from about 1895 to 1905. A common motif was a women's head with flowing hair. There are many reproductions on the market today.
A Brush With Greatness Glossary
A style of decoration and architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, named in French, meaning "the new art". It is predominantly characterized by the depiction of leaves and flowers in undulating lines, often flowing vines. The roots of Art Nouveau go back to Romanticism, Symbolism, the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Art Nouveau is also known as Jugenstil and Yellow Book Style. Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Hector Guimard were among the most prominent artists associated with this style.
Fine Art Terminology
A painting, printmaking, decorative
design, and architectural style developed in England
in the 1880s. Art Nouveau, primarily an ornamental
style, was not only a protest against the sterile
Realism, but against the whole drift toward
industrialization and mechanization and the unnatural
artifacts they produced. The style is characterized by
the usage of sinuous, graceful, cursive lines,
interlaced patterns, flowers, plants, insects and other
motifs inspired by nature.
rbarts style lex
1890 - 1910 french term for modern style - dynamic and decorative style in undulating lines, leaves, flowers and flaming elements favoring female curves - roots from romanticism and symbolism 

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Art nouveau Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Art Nouveau (, Anglicised to ; at. Sezession or Secessionsstil, Czech Secese, Eng. Modern Style, Ger. Jugendstil or Reformstil, Ital. also Stile Floreale or Liberty, Slovak. Secesia, Russ. Модерн [Modern]) or Jugendstil 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.

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Art nouveau Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Noun
1. 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
(hypernym) school