art nouveau

noun, often capitalized A&N
art nou·​veau | \ ˌär(t)-nü-ˈvō How to pronounce art nouveau (audio) \

Definition of art nouveau

: a design style of late 19th century origin characterized especially by sinuous lines and foliate forms

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Set out on a walking tour to admire Ljubljana’s picturesque art nouveau architecture and notable landmarks, beginning with the intricate clock tower at Town Hall and winding through Prešeren Square, named for one of Slovenia’s great Romantic poets. National Geographic, "Hiking the Alpe-Adria Trail through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy," 12 June 2019 In 1904, the whole city burned down, and the town was completely rebuilt in a hodge-podge, colorful art nouveau style. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 Since then, its art nouveau bones have been carefully maintained: The curving staircase is a replica of the one at Paris's Le Bon Marché; the antique elevator, made of iron and concrete, was the first of its kind in Mexico City. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 The design concept, by SmithGroupJJR, replaces the current forest-green, mock-Parisian art nouveau toilets deployed on city streets since the mid-1980s, according to the publication. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘If you flush it, does it fly to the moon?’ S.F. unveils ‘spaceship’ public toilets," 12 June 2018 Style is a language, and to turn away from Suspiria‘s fuchsia-blood-splattered, art nouveau gothic bordello-a-go-go aesthetic is to deprive yourself of one of moviedom’s great visual pleasures. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 Apart from installing a new sound system, the new tenants took care to emphasize the art nouveau details of the original space — from the elaborate lighting fixtures to the profiles of Golden West club members in stained glass windows. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "August Hall offers locals a new music venue in Union Square," 4 June 2018 What their endeavors revealed were layers of decorative wall art that had been hidden over the years, dating from the late 18th century to the period of Stile Liberte, the Italian iteration of art nouveau. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "In Southern Tuscany, a New B&B Shared a Renovation Team With the Sistine Chapel," 30 May 2018 When the main square was forcibly re-christened Adolf Hitler-Platz during the war, SS officers took over this art nouveau cafe, and its faded opulence, all red velvet and Slavic filigree, still felt haunted. Dale Hrabi, WSJ, "An Absurdly Inexpensive European Holiday: The Luxury of Krakow," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of art nouveau

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for art nouveau

French, literally, new art

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art nouveau

noun

English Language Learners Definition of art nouveau

: a style of art, design, and architecture that uses curving lines and shapes that look like leaves and flowers

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