Art Deco and Art Nouveau

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Art Deco and Art Nouveau, both titanic artistic movements that are sometimes easy to confuse to those poor uneducated saps who hadn’t the pleasure of attending an Art History course in their lives. Both were revolutionary and embraced modernist elements, both were reactions to world shaking events and both are still popular to this day, with many recreations and new works being produced for the public.
Art Nouveau, which here is represented by the right handed statue at the bottom of the page, reigned supreme from 1880 until the stirrings of world war one. It embraced the new industrial aesthetic of Europe, making it a blend of natural, curving, yet stylized forms that meshed with geometric shapes. Most art and sculpture took cues from nature, using forms that had been previously overlooked like insects and weeds. Even fae creatures of myth were included in the stylish curving lines of Art Nouveau.
In contrast to this, Art Deco, represented by the statue to the right, came into vogue after world war one. The poverty and deprivation of the years of war gave way to the new wave of extravagance and opulence that simply defined the post war era. The movement swung from the 1920s until the start of world war two, and stands out with its streamlined and strong lines coupled with geomentric shapes. The materials used for the art and sculpture of the movement varied dramatically. Processed material like chrome, stainless steel and inlaid wood were popular, as were natural materials such as zebra pelt or fern fonds. Art Deco featured bold shaped like sunbursts, zig zags and broad curves.
You can see clearly the difference between the two subject pieces, the Art Nouveau statuette being sensually curved, the cascade of hair falling in waves to collect at the base. Though the form itself becomes a geometric shape, from how the lady is posed. The Art Deco piece is stylized

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