French for “New Art” after the 1895 opening of Siegfried Bing’s Parisian gallery, Maison de l’art Nouveau.  Design became feminine, organic, flowery and draping.   Although Art Nouveau Era overlaps with the Edwardian period, styles were very different.  Art Nouveau was not as symmetrical, more freeform and softer curves.  Plants, ladies portraits and flowers were favored.

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