Art Nouveau

 1895 - 1915

Art Nouveau, or the 'New Art', thrived from the late 1890's until the beginning of the First World War. Previous styles were discarded and artists started to study the human form and nature in greater detail. Jewelry makers took inspiration from this and the emerging Japonisme as they strived to capture natures delights through jewellery design. Enameling began to dominate this movement, with many methods being tried and tested to achieve the popular nature motifs such as insects, snakes. lizards and flowers. A defining feature of this period was the 'free-flowing line' used to depict movement was used in a variety of different ways through Europe. In England, it appeared through Celtic revival flowing through triangles and squares.

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