The late 19th century was a period of uneasiness within the decorative arts as a lessening in quality and taste marked much of what was produced at this time. Many artists and designers began to look for a way to bring distinction and handcrafted quality back into the decorative arts. Art Nouveau was one of several artistic movements created in response to these issues, while also addressing a new sense of modernity that would bring diverse cultures into a new century. In this exhibition, both European and American versions of Art Nouveau are examined with a focus on the use of nature for inspiration and the artistic innovation of the style through the wonderful collection of glass, ceramics, and more held within the permanent collection of University Museums.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.