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Art Nouveau flourished in Europe and the Americas from about 1890 to the beginning of the First World War in 1914 and its influences are visible around the world. The movement encompassed art, architecture and the applied arts but is most strongly associated with the decorative arts. Art Nouveau design is characterised by richly orna-mental and highly stylised organic forms, especially motifs inspired by plants and flowers. The Arts and Crafts movement in England, Japanese floral motifs, and the strong colours and flat perspectives found in Japanese woodcuts were major influences in the development of the style.
Art Nouveau was a ‘total’ style: it encompassed all the disciplines of art and design and sought to make art a part of everyday Life. Recause of this, tile designs were prominent and important. As building materials, tiles were very functional and could be used to add highly decorative elements to architectural and interior designs. The tile designs in this book come from Germany, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, France, and a number of Latin American countries.
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