When Art Nouveau was showcased first in Paris and then in London, there was outrage; people either loved it or loathed it. The style itself there are two distinct looks: curvy lines and the more austere, linear look of artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Alphonse Mucha, was widely known for this ‘new art’, as his presence and stamp on Art Nouveau can still be apparent today. Many refer to Mucha at one point or another when discussing Art Nouveau. Perhaps this is what makes him so great?
Some aspects of Art Nouveau were revived again in the 1960s. As the 1960s produced many Op art and psychedelic pieces which used the same elements of Art Nouveau, consisting of free line expression, bold use of colour and swirls, curls and everything pretty trippy. The new art form (as it was known as), seems to portray a romantic side of life, the elegance in the style and craftsmanship are truly visible and they produce an interesting composition.