Art Nouveau is a style characterised by its naturally inspired forms and structures, which take inspiration from the curved lines of flowers and plants. Sharp, 'whiplash' curves, female silhouettes and patterned stained glass were all common features of art nouveau design. In decorative pieces, Art Nouveau was associated with names like Emile Galle, Daum, and Francois-Raoul Larche. Even celebrated designers known for working with older styles, such as Francois Linke, started to take inspiration from the Art Nouveau aesthetic by the later part of the 19th Century.  Art Nouveau was a style popular in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, as a reaction to the academic and rigid forms of 19th Century art.

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