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Art Nouveau Posters

Original Art Nouveau Posters

Olympia Original Poster by Jules Cheret Cheret, Jules.
Olympia (from Maitres de l'Affiche, 1898

Incandescenza A Gas Original Poster by Giovanni Mataloni Mataloni, Giovanni.
Incandescenza a Gas, 1895

Biscuits Lefevere-Utile Original Poster by Alphonse Mucha
Mucha, Alphonse.
Biscuits Lefevre-Utile, 1897

Chat Noir Ce Soir Original Poster by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen
 Steinlen, Theophile-Alexandre. Chat Noir Ce Soir, 1896

Fonte Meo Original Poster by Francesco Nonni
 Nonni, Francesco. Fonte Meo - Acqua Minerale Naturale, 1910 ca. 

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Art Nouveau Primer: 

Art Nouveau, or "New Art" was the leading international decorative style which began around 1890 and continued until World War I. Known as Jugendstil ("Young Style") in Germany and Stile Liberty in Italy, Art Nouveau featured an organic, flowing line which took its inspiration from nature. 

The major underpinning of the new style was its rejection of industrial society and the wretched working conditions and shoddy goods which accompanied it. In all of the arts and crafts, from architecture and furniture, to graphics and consumer items, designers turned instead to the beauty of nature for inspiration.
Art Nouveau's use of new forms and freedom from imitation of historical styles marked it as an early step in modernist design. Sources of Art Nouveau included the Arts and Craft movement, Japanese woodblock design or "Japonisme", and Pre-Raphaelite painting. Another influence was the Symbolist movement, which emphasized the spiritual and sensual in opposition to the increasingly scientific bias of the new century. 

The poster craze of the 1890s, called the Belle Epoque, witnessed the rapid spread of the new art form of the poster to all of Europe and America. Art Nouveau caught on quickly after Alphonse Mucha created his first masterpiece for Sarah Bernhardt in late 1894.

Art Nouveau ultimately lost its meaning as industrial society developed in the early Twentieth Century. By World War I, the style had become a naive anachronism in a world of industrial complexities and destructive force, giving way to more relevant decorative movements.

The term Art Nouveau is often used more broadly to include other related styles of the Belle Epoque, from the Rococo Revival style of Cheret, the Post-Impressionism of Toulouse-Lautrec, to the Arts and Crafts style of Roland Holst and the Amsterdam School. In order to simplify matters, we have followed this convention.

Leading Artists:

France: Cheret, de Feure, GrunMeunier, Orazi, Pean, Steinlen, Toulouse-Lautrec, Grasset
Netherlands: Roland-Holst, Thorn Prikker, Toorop, van Caspel 
Italy: Dudovich, Hohenstein, LaskoffMetlicovitz, Terzi
Britain: The Beggarstaff Brothers, Beardsley
Germany: ErlerSchwabe
United States: Bradley, Penfield
Misc: Sandreuter (Switzerland), Klimt and Moser (Austria)

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Paris - Saint Lazare a Londres - Victoria Poster by Rene Pean              Pean, Rene.           
Paris - Saint Lazare a Londres - Victoria, 1927

Divan Japonais Original Poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
 Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri 
Divan Japonais, 1893

 E. & A. Mele & Ci. Original Poster by Leopoldo Metlicovitz
  Metlicovitz, Leopoldo.
E. & A. Mele & Ci., 1907

  Eldorado Aristide Bruant dans son Cabaret  Original Poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de. 
Eldorado - Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret, 1894

Pur Champagna Damery - Epernay Original Poster by Leonetto Cappiello
  Cappiello, Leonetto.
Pur Champagne Damery - Epernay, 1902 

 Lait Pur Sterilise de la Vingeanne Original Poster by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen
  Steinlen, Theophile-Alexandre. 
Lait Pur Sterilise de la Vingeanne, 1894

National Hotel, Cairo Original Poster by Mario Borgoni
 Borgoni, Mario.
National Hotel, Cairo, 1905 

Quinquina Dubonnet Original Poster by Jules Cheret
  Cheret, Jules.
Quinquina Dubonnet,

 Mt. St. Michel Aviation Original Poster by Marcel Jacquier
  Jacquier, Marcel.
Mt. St. Michel Aviation,
1911 ca.

  Compagnia d'Opera Comiche Original Poster by Leopoldo Metlicovitz
  Metlicovitz, Leopoldo.
Compagnia d'Opera Comiche - Giulio Marchetti, 1907 

Leslie Carter Original Poster by Alphonse Mucha
  Mucha, Alphonse
Leslie Carter, 1908 

Tosca Original Poster by Adolfo Hohenstein
  Hohenstein, Adolfo.
Tosca, 1899