Founded in the 1880s as a response to the art world’s elitist obsession with painted and sculptural arts, ‘New Art’ quickly found ethusiastic support. Art Nouveau combined a desire for the complete reflection of art through craft and design, with the flowing lines of nature and Japonisme. It remains hugely popular, with the ever-present work of Mucha, Klimt, Toulouse-Lautrec and Mackintosh.
Dr Julian Beecroft is a writer specializing in art and cultural history. He has written books on Monet, Renoir, Dalí, Kahlo and Art Nouveau. He is also the author of Lost Cities and Secret Cities, as well as a guide to the culture and history of London. He has contributed to the Guardian, the Telegraph, 1843 and The London Magazine.