Research: Art Nouveau: Paris and Brussels

Art Nouveau, starting in Brussels in 1890s, originated in tandem with technical and cultural shifts like the publishing of Darwin’s Origin of Species and Edison first producing electric light. As an art movement that combines technology and industrial materials with the study of nature, a completely new art form is enabled. Victor Horta first displays this art movement in the form of architecture through buildings such as the Tassel House and Horta House. Later, in Paris, Hector Guimard, takes Horta’s principles to a new level of complexity, as exemplified by the Castel Beranger and Paris’ iconic Metropolitan signs.

Authors: Morgan Fraser, Jordan Manning, Stephanie McDonell, Daniel Giantomaso,