Art Nouveau is interesting in that is has no simple to define characteristics, although the overall philosophy of the style was to bring the beauty of art to everyday objects no matter how utilitarian they may be, while at the same time rejecting the neoclassical forms that were popular during the time its inception. The term is still applied to a number of artistic works today, as many fall into the overall style of Art Nouveau.Continue Reading
Generally, Art Nouveau is seen more as a stylistic choice than binding philosophy of art, in that many Art Nouveau designs or pieces are representative or reminiscent of natural forms. As a result, curves and organic forms are often incorporated, or form the basis for work in this style.
The movement got its name from a French gallery (La Maison de l'Art Nouveau) that began showing avant garde art in the early 1900s, and spread to numerous countries such as Holland, Germany and Belgium, gaining significant popularity.
Original Art Nouveau designs were primarily limited to ceramics, textiles, jewelry and glassware, although almost any domestic object (such as furniture) was used for creative expression. Art Nouveau architecture was also a common during the early 1900s in almost all of Europe and America, in a rare case of universal cultural impulse.Learn more about Architecture
The tendency of the brain to group objects, known as the principle of proximity, is achieved by placing shapes, forms or other elements close to one another in a work of art, so that the objects are perceived as a unified whole. The principle can be further broken into the concepts of close-edge space, touch, overlap, and combination through external elements.Full Answer >
Abstract expressionist art is generally abstract in style and expresses emotional content. Typically, abstract expressionist artists had either a dynamic style characterized by energetic movement or a more serene, cerebral one using large color fields. Their paintings tend to be monumental in scale.Full Answer >
Stained glass windows were a way to add beauty and to provide narrative information to those who looked at them. Churches, particularly those from medieval times, often had stained glass windows because they were both sites of worship and learning.Full Answer >
Some common layouts for beauty salons include a large open space with a central reception area and a series of wide hallways with stations set up along them. Additionally, most layouts include separate enclosed areas for waxing and other semi-private services the salon may provide.Full Answer >