Klimt Mucha Tiffany Steinlen | Art Nouveau
Golden Art Nouveau was a style popularized in the early 20th century in many countries in Europe. It was a "total style" which influenced fine arts, graphic arts, decorative arts, jewelry and furniture. Although connected to the 19th century and rococo, it sought to modernize it with stylized pattern, ornamentation, patterning and golden hues.
In Austria, Gustav Klimt was a prominent member of the Vienna Secession. His ornamental patterning was combined with broad themes of love and romanticism in The Kiss. Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939) was a Czech artist whose advertising illustrations of beautiful women in ornamental frames established his legacy as the Master of Belle Epoque. Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 - 1933) designed stained glass lamps and vases with hand blown glass. Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), a French Illustrator, was highly sought after for his cafe posters such as Le Chat Noir.