Art Nouveau was our very first art movement to analyze and recreate, it became most prominent in the late 19th-century to the early 20th-century 1. One of the interesting characteristics of Art Nouveau was its tendency to emulate natural forms, the most common form of which was flowers and plants which possess flowing, curvy designs.
This was a characteristic because Art Nouveau intended to emulate nature, if not the dynamic forms that defined such a concept, but never to recreate it entirely. Rather, the artists applied the forms of nature into their works in order to inject creative genuine expressions in an art world that they perceived to have been lacking those certain traits. It is also worth noting that elements of Art Nouveau are similar to those found in 19th century Japanese art 2, similar elements include the vibrant backgrounds to the natural and flowing lines and forms. But the most important elements both styles share is the use of swirls, Japanese art used these to emulate tidal waves and the wind, but Art Nouveau uses it to emulate the form of plants. Both are intended to emulate nature but are put within different contexts, I believe the artists Art Nouveau took inspiration from the artistry within 19th-century Japanese art because it was a visually striking and exotic art form for its time, and that it had a close association with nature and its natural forms.
The information I provided to my class and tutor I felt was sufficient enough, as it talked about the movement in general as well as two prominent and unique artists that stuck out within Art Nouveau, which were Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. These two used similar techniques but yet their styles were distinct from one another, and I felt it was interesting enough to warrant exploration into. I felt these examples and artists helped the class to gain a better understanding of Art Nouveau as well as the artwork of the movement and why it was so appealing for its time.