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The Last Art Nouveau/Art Deco Post for Awhile

1 June 2019

PG should, perhaps, clarify that Art Nouveau and Art Deco are related but separate classes of images.

Art Nouveau lasted from about 1890-1910. Here are a few examples:


Entrance to the Paris Subway by Iste Praetor – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23491357


“Peacock Room 1908”
Peacock Room featuring the Princess in the Land of Porcelain painting by James McNeill Whistler
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]


Cover of Jugend by Otto Eckmann (1896)


Front cover of Wren’s City Churches by Mackmurdo, a print from The Hobby Horse (England), published by G. Allen with woodcut, letterpress, mezzotint on steel.


Alphonse Mucha, an advertisement for Job cigarette papers


Now a bit of Art Deco:


By Weimer Pursell, silkscreen print by Neely Printing Co., Chicago – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID cph.3g11941.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12570100


December 1919 Vanity Fair cover by French illustrator Georges Lepape (1887-1971).


Curtiss Flying Service Poster, National Air & Space Museum


Art Deco/Art Nouveau isn’t limited to old works. Here are a couple of images from modern artists at 99Designs who may be available to create cover designs.


“Seductive Vintage Beer Label” ChiChiya at 99Designs https://99designs.com/profiles/3238545


From CIN at 99Designs



6 Comments to “The Last Art Nouveau/Art Deco Post for Awhile”

  1. I’m a sucker for art deco style travel posters.

  2. I love Art Deco. Art Nouveau not quite as much, but Art Deco is gorgeous. I like NASA’s Art Deco-like travel posters:

    Visions of the future

    NASA modeled theirs after posters made in the 30s by the WPA to advertise the national parks.

    I love these art posts. I wish architecture hadn’t become so boring, and ugly when it isn’t boring. Bring back Art Deco!

    • Felix J. Torres

      The 90’s Flash show made the Central City setting all art deco. One of the reasons critics loved it. The style is still popular but architects seem afraid to tap into it.

      Might be a useful idea for world building. A city in New Deco style.

  3. Your post is very helpful. Thanks a lot

  4. With arabesque shapes and volutes, the art nouveau is based on the aesthetics of curved lines, it precedes Art Deco and the roaring twenties … it was also called “noodle style” by critics

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