Art Nouveau Movement Term Paper by Nicky

Art Nouveau Movement
A look at the art nouveau movement in poetry, literature and the visual arts.
# 149152 | 1,768 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 27, 2011 in Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Literature (General)

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This paper analyzes the literary and artistic works of the art nouveau movement of the nineteenth century. First, the paper discusses the origins of this movement, emphasizing its symbolic qualities as a reaction to the realistic style of the times. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of several examples of art nouveau poetry. Next, the paper traces the art nouveau approach in some paintings, such as "The Kiss", by Gustav Klimt. It also considers art nouveau in terms of theater and architectural works. In particular, the paper addresses elements of sexuality and independence in both literary and artistic depictions of women in art nouveau works. The paper concludes by noting the relationship between technology and art and how they influence each other, another quality of the art nouveau movement.

From the Paper:

"Art Nouveau on the other hand is a thinking current the manifestations of which were mainly present in the area of architecture and applied art. Just like symbolism was a reaction to the thinking currents before it, such as naturalism and realism, art nouveau came as a response to the academic style that characterized much of the nineteenth century.
Art nouveau artists believed that art should be part of everyday life and integrated in people's homes an not just to be admire in the museums. New forms, curvilinear and flowing, flower and plants inspired motives were just some of the characteristics of the new architecture and design styles which had the purpose to allow people to live art and not just contemplate it.
One of the artists which is associated with the movement is Antoni Gaudi, famous for his architectural endeavours in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia or the Casa Batlo. The latter one has an overwhelmingly beautiful facade, the balcony built in a fluid line. The shapes of the windows are also irregular. The facade is made of mosaic and the roof is arched to resemble the curved back of an animal. "

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