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Art Nouveau

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Art Nouveau is known as an elegant decorative art style characterized by intricately detailed patterns of curving lines. Art Nouveau was an art movement that opposed the industrial revolution. This style of vintage poster art emphasized organic shapes and smooth, flowing lines. In 1894 Alphonse Mucha a Czech born artist living in France at the time is credited with creating the first masterpiece in the Art Nouveau design with a poster he completed for the American actress Sarah Bernhart. He influenced many of the great changes in the content and design of posters during this period that one can see in many examples of vintage poster art. Other great artists whose work has become a prominent part of vintage poster art included: Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen whose posters have become the most famous poster images ever created, Eugene Grasset who was famous for his portrayal of women in his posters, and Jean-Louis Forain a prolific contributor to Parisian homor magazines. Toulouse-Lautrecís death in 1901 led to the decline of this poster craze. He had only created 30 posters. Also Cheret decided to move into painting around this time. Art Nouveau was already starting to decline in popularity about the time of World War I, and was ultimately replaced by the Art Deco style.

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