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Art Nouveau is one of the most important art movements of the 20th century. It moved overwrought objects of everyday life into light, airy and plant like forms into a new organic style. It opened up a whole new feeling of organic imbalance with sensible balance. It was the total opposite of what was the break from Victorian era rigidity. The daybreak of curved lines with elegance and simplicity that brings a smile to each object. It says art is functional.
This movement started in 1880 and moved well into the 1920's. It was finally supplanted with Art Deco, which was influenced by the industrialization of American and European nations.