Art nuveau erotica
Art Nouveau — the decorative, sensual, and uncompromising design style that flourished at the turn of the 20th century — was born at a time of rapid change. While new media such as film and photography provided alternative ways of viewing the world, the moral landscape of Europe and America was beginning to shift, and artists and designers used the erotic to push the boundaries of established convention. The turn of the 20th century, perhaps more than any other period in the history of art, was a time of sexual freedom and decadent extravagance. Art Nouveau reflected this fascination with sexual and erotic identity, particularly female sexuality, in a world beginning to experience the social, economic and cultural liberation of women. Women became the dominant theme of Art Nouveau and the erotic potential of the female body was fully exploited to express many different concerns.
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“Faust” Art Nouveau Nude Erotica, 4 woodcuts, 1926, Signed
It was the first time that design was promoted through mass communication. Yet, at the turn of the century, artists and designers were looking forward to the future. The turn of the century was an age of innovation, introducing modern conveniences such as the car and the telephone, electricity, the department store, and the skyscraper. Cities were mushrooming, nationalism was on the rise, religion was being questioned, and the role of women was shifting.
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