Soft geometric patterns, mesmerizing ethnic ornaments and precious decorative materials. All of these characterize Art Nouveau, the iconic art movement of the XX century born in France and Belgium. Proclaiming Back to nature motto, it marked the beginning of a new era in the world of art, finding its reflection everywhere from painting and interior design to architecture and fashion.
The source of inspiration for Art Nouveau is the nature itself. Same as the impressionists were fascinated by the beauty of the world around them (remember the famous Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny) (вставить перекрестную ссылку на статью о Клоде Моне), the followers of this art movement were integrating wildlife into extraordinary adornments and ornaments. Flower buds, being a symbol of a new life, water lilies and exotic flowers were blossoming on hand-crafted items, while swallows and peacocks were flying inside the interiors, giving a feeling of miracle to every day objects.
Key Art Nouveau features
Art Nouveau combined the legacy of Japanese engravings and the aspiration towards the harmony of both organic and geometric shapes. Curved lines were adding coziness to interior design thanks to sophisticated aesthetics and flowing forms. Even cold metal elements were filled up with life, being transformed into fantastic plants or whimsical jungle.
Composition of complexity
The floral style married symbolism with multi-layered ornaments. When looking at such designs, you want to examine them down to the smallest details, guessing the ideas of the artist and his vision.
Here, nature inspired shades take center stage. Black, green, and blue transmit freshness and softness, being pure and genuine. You will not find sharp edges or rigid structures: design solutions complement the color palette, revealing its naturalness.
The decorative potential of Art Nouveau encouraged its application in numerous spheres. Architects and designers transformed the facades of the buildings and introduced a new look to residential and commercial interiors, changing the face of the urban spaces. In Barcelona, avant-garde creations of Antonio Gaudi are built, while in Paris unique metal metro pavilions pop up, brought to life by Hector Guimard. You can enjoy them during your walking tour around the city: even a century later, they do not loose their chic, combining functionality and brilliant craftsmanship.
Post-impressionists could relate to the expressiveness of the silhouettes and recognizable exquisite style when working with colors. In graphic arts, the paintings of Alphonse Mucha were a true revelation. Reinventing the colored lithography technique, a Czech artist found a unique way of transmitting femininity. Sensual and graceful, his Femmes Nouvelles, or New Women, are appearing out of flower and leaves ornaments, staying in our memory with the secrets they keep.
The Travel Shake Team could not resist the charm of Art Nouveau heritage when planning the agenda for our new art shake tour #TheTravelShake_Paris this summer. We present you a list of restaurants where you can embark on a culinary journey in time. Mixing haute cuisine and art, these vintage interiors preserve Art Nouveau spirit up to nowadays.
Opened in 1895 in front of Saint-Lazare train station, this restaurant is a true masterpiece. Full of heritage and rich in decoration, it boasts outstanding mosaics and Art Nouveau frescos together with marble columns. Come here to try fresh seafood and a vast variety of traditional desserts offered by French cuisine.
Address: 115 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75008
Located right in the heart of Paris, in close proximity to Champs-Elysees, here you will have an exquisite and authentic dining experience. When booking your table, we suggest you choosing Main Hall transmitting the mood of the XX century. By the way, the price on a set menu will become a pleasant surprise for you.
After a sophisticated meal, in order to continue your cultural dive in history, you can head into one of the world-renown cabarets. We definitely recommend Lido de Paris.
Address: 5 Rue Marbeuf, 75008
Treat yourself to a romantic dinner and enjoy the ambient of a one-of-a-kind French restaurant. The cuisine is up to the highest standards, same as breath-taking interiors you will enjoy contemplating, while the convenient location – close to the theatres and des Grands Boulevards – will perfectly match your culture discovery tour. Besides, you can pay a visit to the famous Pablo Picasso museum: find out more about it in one of our posts.
Address: 16 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010