|Art Nouveau Jewellery|
(c.1880 to 1910)
Art Nouveau could be said to be the first 19th century modern style. It was the first style to stop looking backwards in history for ideas, taking inspiration instead from what it saw around it, in particular the natural world.
When Art Nouveau was showcased first in Paris and then in London, there was outrage; people either loved it or loathed it. Within the style itself there are two distinct looks: curvy lines and the more austere, linear look of artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Some aspects of Art Nouveau were revived again in the 1960s.