Definition of art nouveau in English:

art nouveau


mass noun
  • A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the USA from about 1890 until the First World War and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.

    • ‘Tiffany's oxidized silver and enameled sprinkler is a masterpiece of American art nouveau design.’
    • ‘The style combines the original art nouveau of the building itself (mirrors, furnishings) with ultra-modern brushed chrome fixtures.’
    • ‘Style is turn-of-the century art nouveau; there are cute banquettes to sit in; a curved wooden bar to order at, and pavement tables outside for summer sun.’
    • ‘Most of the hotel's original features, including the stunningly plush and spacious Column Bar in the lobby, and its art nouveau design have been meticulously preserved.’
    • ‘The curator of the exhibition, Paul Greenhalgh, has taken the point of view that art nouveau was a collection of movements that became a style, and many of those movements are illustrated in the show.’
    • ‘I bought art deco furniture and art nouveau and great clothes.’
    • ‘Catherine's own interest in art deco style dates back to the 1980s, although her fascination with period architecture began with art nouveau.’
    • ‘This enormous and lavishly illustrated volume treats the evolution of the art nouveau style in fin-de-siecle France, principally in Nancy and Paris.’
    • ‘As the epicenter of the art nouveau style, France is particularly well represented.’
    • ‘Like all great styles before it, art nouveau had different emphases and inspirations in each of the major centers.’
    • ‘Unlike art nouveau, it emphasized a functional design based on logic and geometry.’
    • ‘As soon as Elton made some money, he started collecting art - art deco and art nouveau.’
    • ‘Samuel Bing invited Conder to decorate a small boudoir in his La Maison de l' art nouveau in 1896.’
    • ‘The wasp waist, achieved with the help of a corset and a tightly cinched belt, became popular at the end of the nineteenth century, coinciding with the emergence of the art nouveau style in the decorative arts.’
    • ‘The birth of art nouveau (called jugendstil in German-speaking countries) was a self-conscious effort to address the new century and determine its modernist pulse.’
    • ‘In glass design, too, the irregular shapes, floral allusions, and aleatory iridescence of art nouveau succumbed to solid geometry and flat, linear patterning.’
    • ‘The renovated building is almost 100 years old, but the original art nouveau architecture of its facade has remained.’
    • ‘In 1908 the architect Adolf Loos published his essay Ornament and Crime, which outlines the creation of art nouveau and advocates a new functional and modern style of architecture.’
    • ‘In this piece, Lalique captured the essence of the art nouveau style of which he was a master.’
    • ‘In common with most 19 th-century tycoons, Faustino Feltrinelli liked to impress, and his villa - built in neo-gothic style with a dash of art nouveau - must have left the locals speechless.’


Early 20th century: from French, literally ‘new art’.


art nouveau

/ˌɑː(t) nuːˈvəʊ/