means "New Art" in French, but it's also known as Jugendstil, Secession, Modernisme and Stile Liberty. This popular style of the late 19th and early 20th century gave us some of the world's fanciest and most colorful buildings — especially in Central Europe. Here's an incredible gallery of them. Art Nouveau
The style is known for flowers, plants, curvy forms and Far East-influenced flourishes on facades and exteriors.
Villa I, by Otto Wagner in Vienna, Austria, 1886-1888
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(via Pleuntje , Alastair Rae and Wikimedia Commons ) Thonet House, Budapest, Hungary, designed by Ödön Lechner, 1890 (via Wikimedia Commons and irenne56 ) Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary, designed by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, 1893-1896 (via Iparművészeti Múzeum ) Lindenbaum House, Budapest, Hungary, designed by Frigyes Spiegel, 1896-1897 (via Nóra Mészöly/Flickr ) Secession Building, an exhibition hall by Joseph Maria Olbrich in Vienna, Austria, 1897-1898
, Andreas Neustifter and Hatem Riahi ) Wikimedia Commons Majolikahaus (Linke Wienzeile 40) and Linke Wienzeile 38, designed by Otto Wagner, Vienna, Austria, 1898-1899
, Wikimedia Commons , Hans Zwitzer and Europeana ) Roberto Pla Hotel Central, Prague, Czech Republic, designed by Friedrich Ohmann, Alois Dryák and Bedřich Bendelmayer, 1899-1902 (via Wikimedia Commons and krimauer ) The former Schlesinger and Grünbaum Department Store, designed by Leo Schlesinger, built between 1900-1901, now an office building (via Wouter Schenk and Art1900 ) Villa Langer, designed by Jože Plečnik, Vienna, Austria, 1900 (via Corrado dell'Olio and Hans Zwitzer ) Postal Savings Bank, Budapest, Hungary, designed by Ödön Lechner and Sándor Baumgarten, 1901 (via Kevin Anderson and Jaime Silva ) 5 Prusa, Wroclaw, Poland, designed by Wilhelm Heller, 1902 (via Wikimedia Commons ) Sonnenhaus, Coburg, Germany, built by Carl Otto Leheis, 1903 (via Wikimedia Commons ) 22 Ainmillerstr. and 19 Franz-Joseph-Str., Munich, Germany (via Wikimedia Commons ) Galerija Emporium (former Centromerkur), a department store in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1903 (via Mark Iverson , A. Currell and skittledog ) Villa Leopold Kindermann, Łódź, Poland, by Gustaw Landau-Gutenteger, 1903 (via Wikimedia Commons , Frankowsky , Krystyna and Rewitalizacja ) Villa Primavesi, Olomouc, Czech Republic (via Wikimedia Commons ) Kirche am Steinhof, also known as the Church of St. Leopold, the Roman Catholic oratory of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital in Vienna, Austria, designed by Otto Wagner, completed in 1907. (via Walter A. Aue , dorena-wm , Jean-Pierre Dalbéra , Thomas Lieser , Martin Schachermayer and Wikimedia Commons ) The Old Theatre in Krakow, Poland, built between 1841 and 1843, converted into a Secessionist building about hundred years ago (via Wikimedia Commons )