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Art Nouveau Architecture
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An international style of decoration and architecture of the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, characterized particularly by the depiction of leaves and flowers in flowing, sinuous lines

The name derives from the Maison de l'Art Nouveau, an interior design gallery opened in Paris in 1896

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Developed principally in France and Belgium.

Leading practitioners:

Names in various European countries:

The style drew on Baroque, Gothic and Moorish traditions, but was mainly unbounded by rules.

Art Nouveau exploited the machine and reveled in the possibilities of decorative tiles and wrought iron. This was a deliberate attempt to put an end to imitations of past styles. In its place was a free type of architecture which integrated arts and crafts with architectural forms.

The roots of Art Nouveau go back to the English Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris. Some would argue that Art Nouveau is a substyle of Arts and Crafts. Art Nouveau was replaced by Art Deco.

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

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