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How was Art Nouveau nouveau? This richly illustrated overview explores the contexts and provocations of this vivid turn-of-the-century style, in which a symphony of flowing lines and organic forms advocated not only a new linear freedom and liberation from artistic tradition but also a return to handcraftsmanship and the synthesis of artistic media and practices into a Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, and a recoil from industrialisation.
ISBN 9783836520966. TASCHEN.