art nouveaux

art nouveau

[ahrt noo-voh, ahr; French ar-noo-voh]
noun (often initial capital letters) Fine Arts.
a style of fine and applied art current in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized chiefly by curvilinear motifs often derived from natural forms.

1900–05; < French: literally, new art Unabridged
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Art Nouveau (ɑː nuːˈvəʊ, French ar nuvo)
a.  a style of art and architecture of the 1890s, characterized by swelling sinuous outlines and stylized natural forms, such as flowers and leaves
 b.  (as modifier): an Art-Nouveau mirror
[French, literally: new art]

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Word Origin & History

art nouveau
first recorded 1901, from Fr., lit. "new art." Called in Ger. Jugendstil.
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