Color lithography became popular in the 1880s, about the same time as the Art Nouveau style. The technology brought graphic arts to the masses, not just those wealthy enough to afford traditional art in their homes. The 'father of the poster,' Jules Cheret, developed a method enabling a wide array of vibrant colors to be used on posters and postcards, inspiring artists to create elaborate Art Nouveau artwork and graphics, primarily for advertising purposes.

Today, artwork by Alphonse Mucha is considered quintessential Art Nouveau design. Mucha’s posters, featuring women and flowing lines (formed from imagery such as a dress or smoke from a cigarette), were immensely popular during the Art Nouveau period and remain so today. Other notable period graphic artists include Henri Privat-Livemont, Fernand Toussaint, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Eugène Grasset, and Paul Emile Berthon.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)



This archived overview produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers thumbnail sketches of the design moveme… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Niue 2010 2011 $1 Alphonse Mucha - Zodiac Series Set Of 12 Silver Proof CoinsSt. Vitus Prague Cathedral Mucha Holy Windows Silver Coin 10$ Palau 2013Alfons Mucha - Original Ex Libris 1910 - Art NouveauFrench Glass Plate Tray Alphonse Mucha 'spring' Art NouveauLot Collectible Steins German Beer Mugs Stoneware Schultheis Kirchner RavensburgNiue 2010 - 2011 A. Mucha Zodiac 12x1$ Silver Coin Set + Coa + Wood Box *rare*Rare 1897 Pair Alphonse Mucha The Blonde Porcelain Tea Cups & Saucers No Reserve2014 Hottest Women Pants Digital Printed Mucha Black Leggings Free Shipping SexMorning Star Tapestry Wall Panel - Artist - Alphonse MuchaCzechoslovakia, Hradcany/mucha 1918 ProofMini Tapestry In Silk And Gold Bullion. Design By Alphonse MuchaArt Nouveau Figural Mucha Type Lady With Flower Belt Buckle- NiceAlphonse Mucha 'eviel Du Matin' Copyright 1975 Oversized 45 3/4"x 16 1/2" Art PrGreat Set Of 15 Art Nouveau Prints-czech Painter Al.mucha-prague 1981 - Vol.twoMucha Style Stamped Brass Button Vintage Inspired Art Nouveau WomanPortland Winterhawks Whl Reebok Kurtis Mucha Jersey Size Medium MAlphonse Mucha 'reverie Du Soir' Copyright 1975 Oversized 46"x 16" Art PrWind Water Earth Fire By Alphonse Mucha Fashion Vintage Poster Repro Free S/h Art.painting.alfons Mucha - M/s Of 9 Mnh( 0707)Nib- Lovely 12 Inch Plastic Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau Tray Made In ItalyGoebel "mucha" Porcelain Bowl Or Wall HangingOriginal Vintage Print Jules Cheret Art Nouveau Lady Hat Gibson Girl Fashion FunYo-yo Ma - Made In America Cd; Bernstein, Kirchner, Gershwin; 1993 Sony; SbmVintage Art Nouveau Poster Alphonse Mucha Job Cigarette Papers 11x14 1896 Job#2