Though short-lived as a movement (roughly 1880 to 1914), Art Nouveau had a lasting influence on Western design. Like the Arts and Crafts movement that preceded and ran concurrently with it, Art Nouveau was a rejection of the fussy ornamentation of the Victorian Era, as well as the dehumanizing effects of the Industrial Revolution. But whereas Arts and Crafts was reductive, Art Nouveau was exuberant, poaching elements of its overall aesthetic...Continue Reading