Dear tumblr users: ART NOUVEAU IS NOT ART DECO.


You know what really grinds my gears? When I’m trying to find things under the “Art Deco” tag, and my dash is inundated with Alphonse Mucha and the like.

Y’all cray betches best be learnen you candy asses the diffs between Art Deco and Art Nouveau o imma cut a betch.

Being a total spaz fanatic of the Art Deco aesthetic, I thought I’d throw my two cents in and educate you jive-ass mothers.

Art Deco” via Google: “The predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors, and used most notably in household objects and in architecture.”

Art Nouveau” via Google: “A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.”

In short, think of it this way- ART DECO= shiny machines and technology of the early 20th century, minimalism, efficiency, sleek and ‘modern’. Deco themes are very industrial and technological, though occasionally they may take cues from the natural world and interpret them. Lots of silver and chrome Prominent from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.

ART NOUVEAU= natural and embellished, with many leaves and flowers depicted at their most beautiful and fantastic. It is somewhat whimsical at times, and very ‘romantic’ if I do say so myself. Lots of curves, swirls, sweeping lines and other fancy things. Some extreme cases are downright magical in inspiration, like the setting of an old fairytale brought to life. This was big in the late Victorian period up until the 1920’s when Art Deco began to supersede it.

Typical examples of Art Deco include: The Chrysler and Empire State buildings, the 1939 World’s fair and its subsequent showcases, the video game Bioshock, appliances and vehicles from the 1930’s, and the artist Tamara De Lempicka, among others. See the following: (excuse my poor arrangement of the photos, if you will),_Manhattan,_by_Carol_Highsmith_(LOC_highsm.04444).png/220px-Chrysler_Building_spire,_Manhattan,_by_Carol_Highsmith_(LOC_highsm.04444).png

Typical examples of Art Nouveau include: artworks by Alphonse Mucha, architectural stylings of the very late-Victorian to Edwardian era and WWI, (1890’s-1920). Paris has many famous examples of Nouveau buildings (as well as some Deco, seeing as France introduced both of them!) Remember, natural keys and swishy things! Considering Nouveau predates Deco, it is a bit more ‘old-fashioned’. See the following:

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Well, I hope that clears things up a bit! Now you know. I hope my descriptions and examples were good enough, as I’m not any kind of professional- just a very devout long-time enthusiast. Keep in mind that not all examples of the two are so black and white, Art Deco and Art Nouveau can overlap or bleed together in some instances. Just like everything else.

Either way, I hope you will take this information with you in the future and know the difference :3

Now go forth! Go forth and Know what you’re talking about!





Droogie I was just about to mope around on tumblr about how I’m aloooone and basically grounded (even though I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to actually ground a 22-year-old) and drinking vodka on the rocks and reading fanfiction