As art nouveau designers erased the
barrier between fine arts and applied arts,
they applied good design to all aspects of
living—from architecture to silverware to
painting. In this integrated approach art
nouveau had its deepest influence. A
variety of ensuing movements continued to
explore integrated design, including
De Stijl, a Dutch design movement in the
1920s, and the German Bauhaus school in
the 1920s and 1930s. Although the stylistic
elements of art nouveau evolved into the
simpler, streamlined forms of modernism,
the fundamental art nouveau concept of a
thoroughly integrated environment remains
an important part of contemporary

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Contributed By:
Gabriel P. Weisberg, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Art History, University of
Minnesota. Author of Beyond Impressionism:
The Naturalist Impulse, Art Nouveau Bing: Paris
Style 1900, and other books.
19th and Early 20th C. European art and design
history (art nouveau)