Ever since its triumph at the Paris Universal Exposition, Art Nouveau has continued to inspire artists. The movement offered an artistic response to the industrial revolution and the creative vacuum left in its wake, exerting a huge impact on the decorative arts. Art Nouveau spans all forms of expression – including design, painting and architecture – and covers artists such as Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Antoni Gaudí, Jan Toorop, and William Morris.
1893: Victor Horta builds the Hôtel Tassel in Brussels, which is considered to be the first Art Nouveau building.
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1893: Victor Horta builds the Hôtel Tassel in Brussels, which is considered to be the first Art Nouveau building. Louis Comfort Tiffany creates a new process for the making of vases and bowls, the “favrile” technique, a handcrafted technic of glass-blowing, that allows numerous effects.
1894: Edmond Picard uses the term “Art Nouveau” for the first time in the Belgian revue L’Art moderne.
1895: Siegfried Bing opens his shop “L’Art Nouveau”, 22 rue de Chauchat in Paris.
1897: Creation of the “Sezessionstil” by Joseph Hoffmann in Vienna. This movement, which also includes Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and Koloman Moser, is chaired by Gustav Klimt.
1897-1899: Josef Maria Olbrich creates the Secession building in Vienna.