This semester’s MS and SS art exhibit was inspired by Art Nouveau. This movement swept through the decorative arts and architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As stated in The Art Story Modern Art Insight, “Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design, seeking to escape the eclectic historical styles that had previously been popular. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, evolving elegant designs that united flowing, natural forms with more angular contours. The movement was committed to abolishing the traditional hierarchy of the arts, which viewed so-called liberal arts, such as painting and sculpture, as superior to craft-based decorative arts, and ultimately it had far more influence on the latter. The style went out of fashion after it gave way to Art Deco in the 1920s, but it experienced a popular revival in the 1960s, and it is now seen as an important predecessor of modernism.”
Our students’ work was inspired by the artwork of Art Nouveau artists such as Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Aubrey Beardsley.
Congratulations to our artists for their compelling work and to their teacher, Arlene Ruiz, for her spectacular job organizing state of the art exhibitions!