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”)

Modernism

Modernism

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    

Large Porcelain Eagle Figure In Early Meissen Kaendler Kirchner Style - Mark?1898 Alfons Mucha Art Nouveau Jugendstil Cover DesignOriginal Jules Cheret Poster Antique 1890 Pastilles Geraudel ** No Reserve **Art Nouveau Christmas Angel Playing Harp Signed Raphael Kirchner 1905 Rare !!!Alfons Mucha - Original Ex Libris 1910 - Art NouveauAlphonse Mucha, Slavia Print 1932 , Nice Condition, 16x10 Inches 1899 Alphonse Mucha Color Menu, Art Nouveau Girl Printed By Champenois, ParisSign Kirchner 1905 Postcard: Geisha WomenAlphonse Mucha Mukha Sarah Bernhardt Burgundy Frey Wille Ring Gift ChristmasBare Breasted Art Nouveau Beauty~vintage Signed Kirchner 1911 Postcard~near NudeNiue 2010 $1 World Of Painting - Alfons Alphonse Mucha 28.28 G Silver Proof CoinEx Libris Exlibris Art Nouveau By MuchaPosters Of Alphonse Mucha; Intro. Linda Sunshine, Harmony Books Nyc 1975 1st Ed.Rare Original French Magazine With Cover Designed By Alphonse MuchaCzech Silver Plated Hand Made Pendant Original Art Noveau Design Alfons MuchaArt Nouveau Postcard D52-02 Dream Of Icarus Solomko Nude Male AirplaneAlphonse Mucha Psychedelic Job Art Cigarette Money Case Id Holder Or Wallet!Yunnan Fou - 1906 Sg20 Used 10c Grasset TypeJ. Cheret Original Lithograph "la Reine Indigo" Poster Ad C1890Alphonse Mucha 10 PostcardsJ. Cheret Original Lithograph Theatre De L'opera "polyeucte" Poster Ad 1878Czech Hand Made Pendant Jeweled Blue Crystal Art Noveau Design By Alfons MuchaAlphonse Mucha Etoile Du Matin 1973 Oversized 46"x 17 1/2" Vtg Art Print Nos The Big Book Of Losers By Paul Kirchner (paradox Press/dc, 1997)Vintage French Magazine 1897 Cover Nice Watercolor Of A. MuchaVintage Art Deco House Of Art Postcard Print~~raphael Kirchner ~~love Birds Goebel Mini Vase Mucha LadiesMurder By Remote Control Wetering & Kirchner 1st Ed Ballantine Books 1986 Stamp Designes By A. Mucha, Jar Benda, Vh Brunner And J Obrovsky.Czechoslovakia 1634-1637,mnh.michel 1884-1887. Alfons Mucha,painter.1969.