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Art Nouveau

- the name of a shop opening in Paris in 1895 to sell objects of modern, i.e. non- period-imitation style, a movement away from imitation of the past. It was concerned mainly with decoration, and is characterised by flowing line and movement owing much to nature ie plant and wave forms. Had largely exhausted itself by 1914. In Germany, "Jugendstil" (youth style). One of most noted exponents was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in whose Glasgow School of Art, the movement reached its high point. Most extravagant exponent -Gaudi.