A new style of decorative art that predominated much of the Fin de siècle (The Gay Nineties and The Edwardian Era), Art Nouveau's style consists of asymmetric and fluid movements, and naturalistic colors and themes. Its style was applied to every field, notably buildings, crafts, paintings, lithographic posters and furniture. The movement has influences from drawings of plant life, works by Alphonse Mucha, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Oriental flavours, Neoclassical, Romantic, Post-impressionist and Expressionist movements. The style spread throughout Europe, where its mode was dubbed in many languages, either termed as "new", "modern" or "young" art.note The style fell out of favour on or before World War One, and its style influenced and helped evolve Art Deco and other modernist movements. This style predominates much of 1890s style Steam Punk. Note that art movments before 1890 range from Romantic to Impressionist.
Examples that include or applied about Art Nouveau:
- Alphonse Mucha's posters.
- Most buildings in Riga◊, Latvia.
- The Nancy School in France.
- A◊ large◊ number◊ of◊ buildings◊ in central Prague.
- Most pre-World War II entrances to Le Métropolitain de Paris.
- Old (pre-World War One) stations◊ on the Vienna U-Bahn. They were designed by "Secession" architects.
- Majolica House◊ in Vienna.
- The unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, and anything by Antoni Gaudí in general.
- Elvish design in the movies of The Lord of the Rings, as the Elves were close to nature.
- Most of the architecture in the Burton/Schumacher Batman film series.
- The Arnold Böcklin typeface.
- Naoko Takeuchi loves this style and frequently shows up in artworks◊ for Sailor Moon. It appears in some parts of the manga as well, as characters or vignettes can be framed in asymmetrical swirls and flowers. This also show ups in the two animated adaptations.
- The 90's Anime has a notorious nod to the style in the 4th opening (Second opening of the 'R' season), some official artwork also shows the girls framed in artistic rendition of halos◊.
- In Sailor Moon Crystal, Its characteristic ornamentation and pastel color spectrum influences some of the series' decorative elements, like the reverse-painted silhouettes in the Episode Title Card, Eyecatches, and To Be Continued, as well as the rose-heavy Flower Motifs throughout. The To Be Continued card in particular◊ both borrows visual elements from Alphonse Mucha's haloed women, and employs Gratuitous French.