Art Nouveau

We have made it to the last stop on our 6 week painting style tour. Six weeks ago, I started this mini series as a way to get you creating. There are so many way to make art and looking back at art history is a great place to start. 

As our last stop on this tour, I wanted to draw your attention to a style that was not exactly prevalent in the art history books. It is more of an interior design style. However, I think it can be a a fun way to create artwork that is decorative and beautiful. 

According to Wikipedia (,  Art Nouveau was most popular between 1890 and 1910”. It is considered decorative art and brings fine art to the applied arts of interior design, furniture, glass art, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and metal work.It was often inspired by natural forms such as the sinuous curves of plants and flowers.”

The Art Nouveau style is international with origins in countries throughout the world. Each country has its own name in different languages but the decorative style is similar in characteristic. 


Klimt "The Kiss"

Gustave Klimt is a well know artist who utilizes this decorative style in his paintings.

This great video explains the history and importance of Art Nouveau. And this video shows an artist creating a watercolour in the Art Nouveau style and a bit about her process. (She does interrupt her tutorial with a promotion for Skillshare but she gives a really great explanation of her process.)

For an inspiration board of Art Nouveau please visit my Pinterest board.

I hope you have found this series of painting styles to be inspirational. My intension was not to give you a degree in art history but to get you thinking and creating like artists from history.

My hope is that you will take one of these styles that you love and make it your own. (visit my blog post “Discover Your Unique Artistic Style“) This is how art evolves and grows. Who knows, maybe one day you will have invented a style or artistic movement that will end up in the art history books. Now, wouldn’t that be fun!