Definition of art nouveau in English:

art nouveau

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In glass design, too, the irregular shapes, floral allusions, and aleatory iridescence of art nouveau succumbed to solid geometry and flat, linear patterning.’
    • ‘Tiffany's oxidized silver and enameled sprinkler is a masterpiece of American art nouveau design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as Elton made some money, he started collecting art - art deco and art nouveau.’
    • ‘I bought art deco furniture and art nouveau and great clothes.’
    • ‘Like all great styles before it, art nouveau had different emphases and inspirations in each of the major centers.’
    • ‘This enormous and lavishly illustrated volume treats the evolution of the art nouveau style in fin-de-siecle France, principally in Nancy and Paris.’
    • ‘Catherine's own interest in art deco style dates back to the 1980s, although her fascination with period architecture began with art nouveau.’
    • ‘Unlike art nouveau, it emphasized a functional design based on logic and geometry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The renovated building is almost 100 years old, but the original art nouveau architecture of its facade has remained.’
    • ‘In this piece, Lalique captured the essence of the art nouveau style of which he was a master.’
    • ‘The style combines the original art nouveau of the building itself (mirrors, furnishings) with ultra-modern brushed chrome fixtures.’
    • ‘As the epicenter of the art nouveau style, France is particularly well represented.’
    • ‘Samuel Bing invited Conder to decorate a small boudoir in his La Maison de l' art nouveau in 1896.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

art nouveau

/ˌär no͞oˈvō//ˌärt no͞oˈvō/